Can a landlord in North Carolina change locks and hold your possesions for late rent without a court order?
Edit: Okay I am confused when some say yes some say no, so could the ones who answered please clarify one thing... I am under the impression that regardless of the lease it is the law that a landlord MUST evict through the courts. Regardless of past due rent, etc. if he has not filed in court he cannot tke possesion of the property right? I think when he said he will have to "ask for the keys back and demand immediate possesion of the property" It was as a formality, obviously if I refuse he has to go to court to enforce it right ?