NC General Statutes - Chapter 66 Article 23
Rental Referral Agencies.
§ 66-142. Definition.
For the purposes of this Article, a "rental referral agency" is a person or business
which offers to assist any person in locating residential rental property in return for any
consideration from a prospective tenant. (1981, c. 610, s. 1.)
§ 66-143. Fees and deposits.
A rental referral agency shall not charge or attempt to collect any fees or other
consideration from any prospective tenant except where rental housing is in fact obtained
by such person through the assistance of that agency. For the purposes of this Article,
such housing is obtained when the prospective tenant has contracted to rent the property.
Deposits to be applied toward fees may be required by a rental referral agency
pursuant to a written contract which includes provisions stating:
The specifications of housing sought by the prospective tenant,
including maximum rent, desired lease period, geographic area, number
of bedrooms required, number of children to be housed, and number and
type of pets;
That the deposit will be refunded within 10 days of the prospective
tenant's request should the specified housing not be obtained through the
agency's assistance within 30 days of the date of the contract;
That the rental referral agency will maintain a trust account or bond in
compliance with G.S. 66-145, and identifying the depository institution
or bonding company by name and address.
Notwithstanding subsections (a) and (b) of this section, a rental referral agency
may charge or retain from any deposit a fee, not to exceed twenty dollars ($20.00), even
if the prospective tenant fails to obtain rental housing through its assistance, provided that
the following conditions are met:
Any and all advertising for the rental referral agency discloses in a clear
and conspicuous manner the agency's name, the fact that it is a "rental
referral agency" using that term, and the fact th