How to Serve an Eviction Notice in South Carolina

How to Serve an Eviction Notice in South Carolina

Last Updated: April 14, 2023 by Marnie Snyder

In South Carolina, in order for the delivery of a lease termination or eviction notice to be legal, certain rules and procedures must be followed. If they are not and the case proceeds to court, the case may be postponed or dismissed by a judge.

Who Can Serve Eviction Notices in South Carolina?

In South Carolina, landlords can serve eviction notices and lease termination notices themselves. Landlords may choose to hire a sheriff, process server or independent party over eighteen (18) years old to serve an official notice, but they are not required to do so by law.

When Can Eviction Notices Be Served in South Carolina?

In South Carolina, lease termination and eviction notices can be served immediately on any day of the week and at any time of day.

A 5 Day Notice to Quit for nonpayment of rent is the eviction notice for tenants that do not pay rent in full and on time. A landlord can serve notice if the rent is not paid within the legal five (5) calendar day grace period of the date rent is normally due.

Acceptable Forms of Service in South Carolina

A landlord can deliver notices in South Carolina using either of the below acceptable methods:

  1. Handing the notice to the tenant in person;
  2. Mailing the notice by certified or registered mail with a return receipt.

When sending the notice by certified/registered mail, add five (5) calendar days to the notice period to account for variability in post office delivery times.

Obtaining Proof of Service in South Carolina 

Landlords can show proof that the notice was delivered through the following methods:

  • Hand Delivery – by completing a Declaration of Service at the time of delivery.
  • Certified/Registered Mail – return receipt and completing a Declaration of Service.

South Carolina Eviction & Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds
5 Day Notice to Quit Eviction for Unpaid Rent
14 Day Notice to Comply or Vacate Eviction for Lease Violation
7 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Weekly Lease
30 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Monthly / Yearly Lease