No, lease agreements do not need to be notarized in South Carolina. Having the lease notarized in optional – the landlord and tenant can agree to have the contract notarized, but it is not necessary.
As long as the lease meets the criteria to be legally binding and has the signature of at least one party, it does not need to be notarized to be enforceable.
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The information for this answer was found on our South Carolina Residential Lease Agreement answers.