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No, that's not legal. A landlord can certainly ask for rent to be paid when it's due, or if it's late, but there's no right to change the locks or turn off utilities. A tenant may only be removed from the premises with a court order. N.C. Gen. Stat., Section 42-25.6. If the landlord changed the locks or turned off the utilities, you could sue him for a court order allowing you access back into the premises and your expenses during the time you were denied access (like hotel costs). Section 42-25.9. You'd also be able to get the value of any of your items that he destroyed or removed from the property. If the landlord is threatening to evict you without a court order, it might help to show him those statutes.
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