North Carolina Rental Application Form
Maximum Rental Application Fee
There is no limit to how much a North Carolina landlord can collect as the rental application fee.
The national average is around $30, and it is non-refundable. If the landlord charges more than that, the best a prospective tenant can do is ask the landlord how many people have already applied. This is a good metric to decide whether the application is worth pursuing. The more applicants there are, the less chance of getting the rental property.
The standard lease agreement in North Carolina is for a year. A landlord can charge a maximum security deposit equivalent to two months of rent.
For month-to-month arrangements, the maximum is worth a month and a half in rent. For weekly arrangements, the maximum security deposit is two weeks’ worth of rent.
The security deposit is the landlord’s fallback if the tenant fails to pay rent or if they leave behind damage to the property at the end of the tenancy (NC Gen Stat § 42-51 (2021)).
The landlord has 30 days to return the security deposit to the tenant after the tenancy ends. If the tenant skipped a rent payment, damaged the property, or breached the lease, the landlord can withhold part or the entire security deposit.