If the landlord or the landlord's successor in interest fails to account for and refund
the balance of the tenant's security deposit as required by this Article, the tenant
may institute a civil action to require the accounting of and the recovery of the
balance of the deposit. The willful failure of a landlord to comply with the deposit, bond, or notice requirements
of this Article shall void the landlord's right to retain any portion of the tenant's
security deposit as otherwise permitted under G.S. 42-51. In addition to other remedies at law and equity, the tenant may recover damages
resulting from noncompliance by the landlord; and upon a finding by the court that
the party against whom judgment is rendered was in willful noncompliance with this
Article, such willful noncompliance is against the public policy of this State and
the court may award attorney's fees to be taxed as part of the costs of court.
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