North Carolina Courts Close for 30 Days What About Evictions
North Carolina courts will close, and postpone all non-essential in person proceedings for 30 days starting on Monday, December 14, 2020.
This will likely impact the eviction process in North Carolina, as well as other cases which are generally heard in small claims court.
While there are no firm details as to which courts and actions will be affected when North Carolina courts close, when we consider the fact that North Carolina is current under both a state and federal eviction moratorium, it is not a far stretch to imagine eviction proceedings as being deemed non essential at this point.
This means that the closure of North Carolina courts will most certainly have an impact on your ability to file an eviction against your tenant.
According to a statement released by Chief Justice Beasley, while the courts in North Carolina have taken many of the courts’ work online, such as hearings, there has nearly 300 instances of court employees who have tested positive for the coronavirus.
Additionally, the statement also referenced 80 counties throughout North Carolina that are experiencing a substantial or critical spread of COVID-19.
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What Does this Mean for North Carolina Evictions During COVID?
At the most basic level, it means that landlords should be prepared for their eviction timeline to take even longer.
The eviction court system across the entire straight is already behind, and 30 more days will only add more time to get your case heard.
Additionally, it is unknown if the state and federal eviction moratoriums as it applies to North Carolina will be extended again, making matters worse for landlords.
As a landlord, you must not take this lightly, and make plans for the North Carolina
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What Can a Landlord Do While the Eviction Moratorium is Still in Effect?
As a landlord your goal should be to continue the process. This includes making sure you are doing everything legally correct. Every step you take should be in accordance with the North Carolina Eviction laws.
Now is the time to start solidifying your eviction case, so that you do not run into the situation where, after waiting months, your case is dismissed and you can’t evict your tenant.
Nothing would be more disheartening than to get to the end of the rainbow, only to discover that the rainbow has moved.
Familiarity with the eviction process and the ability to recover funds is your best offense and defense.
At Linchpin Property Management, we have developed a comprehensive guide to help you through the eviction process.
The guide includes a step by step overview, all of the forms you need to get through your North Carolina eviction, as well as how to prepare for trial.
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