(a) A forfeited reservation deposit is not abandoned property. For the purposes of this section, the term "reservation deposit" means an amount of money paid to a business association to guarantee that the business association holds a specific service, such as a room accommodation at a hotel, seating at a restaurant, or an appointment with a doctor, for a specified date and place. The term "reservation deposit" does not include an application fee, a utility deposit, or a deposit made toward the purchase of real property.
(b) A gift certificate or electronic gift card is not abandoned property when the gift certificate or electronic gift card:
(1) Conspicuously states that the gift certificate or electronic gift card does not expire;
(2) Bears no expiration date; or
(3) States that a date of expiration printed on the gift certificate or electronic gift card is not applicable in North Carolina.
(c) A prepaid calling card issued by a public utility as defined in G.S. 62-3(23)a.6. is not abandoned property.
(d) A buyer deposit that a dealer is authorized to retain under either G.S. 143-143.21A or G.S. 143-143.21B is not abandoned property and is not subject to this Article.
(e) Credit balances as shown on the records of a business association to or for the benefit of another business association, shall not constitute abandoned property. For purposes of this section, the term "credit balances" means items such as overpayments or underpayments on the sale of goods or services.
(f) A lottery prize that remains unclaimed after the period set by the North Carolina State Lottery Commission for claiming those prizes shall not constitute abandoned property. (1999-460, s. 6; 2005-276, s. 31.1(w1); 2005-344, s. 7.)
Last modified: March 23, 2014