(a) Security deposits for residential dwelling units shall be permitted only for the
(1) The tenant's possible nonpayment of rent and costs for water or sewer services
provided pursuant to G.S. 62-110(g) and electric service pursuant to G.S. 62-110(h).
(2) Damage to the premises, including damage to or destruction of smoke alarms or
carbon monoxide alarms.
(3) Damages as the result of the nonfulfillment of the rental period, except where
the tenant terminated the rental agreement under G.S. 42-45, G.S. 42-45.1, or because the tenant was forced to leave the property because of the landlord's
violation of Article 2A of Chapter 42 of the General Statutes or was constructively evicted by the landlord's violation of G.S. 42-42(a).
(4) Any unpaid bills that become a lien against the demised property due to the tenant's
(5) The costs of re-renting the premises after breach by the tenant, including any
reasonable fees or commissions paid by the landlord to a licensed real estate broker
to re-rent the premises.
(6) The costs of removal and storage of the tenant's property after a summary ejectment
(b) The security deposit shall not exceed an amount equal to two weeks' rent if a
tenancy is week to week, one and one-half months' rent if a tenancy is month to month,
and two months' rent for terms greater than month to month. These deposits must be fully accounted for by the landlord as set forth in G.S. 42-52.
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