Yes, a lease can automatically renew in South Carolina. Some leases may include automatic renewal clauses, which require the tenant or landlord to give notice if they do not want to continue the tenancy.
These clauses can renew the tenancy either on the same term as the original lease (for example, for one year) or on a month-to-month basis.
If a tenant remains on the property after the original lease expires, the landlord can choose to allow them to stay (unless they have given notice that they will move). If the landlord consents and continues to accept rent, the lease becomes month-to-month or week-to-week (SC Code § 27-40-770 (2019)).
To terminate a month-to-month tenancy, either party must give at least 30-days’ written notice. To terminate a weekly tenancy, either party must give at least 7-days’ written notice (SC Code § 27-40-770).
The information for this answer was found on our South Carolina Residential Lease Agreement answers.