South Carolina
Rent Increases & Fees

QUICK FACTS
  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. South Carolina state landlords can raise rent only after the lease has ended.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. For month-to-month tenancies, South Carolina landlords must provide 30 days notice from next rent due date.
  • Bounced Check Fees. South Carolina state landlords may charge up to $30 for bounced checks.

When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?

A South Carolina landlord is confined by the terms of the written lease. Generally, a landlord can not increase rent in the middle of the lease, but may increase rent at renewal. If the lease agreement contains circumstances in which rent may be increased, such as when a pet of roommate is added to the lease, both parties must follow the terms related to these increases.

When is it illegal to raise rent?

It is illegal for a South Carolina landlord to raise rent based on the age, race, religion, nation or origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant Fair Housing Act.

Is there a rent increase limit?

South Carolina doesn’t legislate the amount that a landlord may increase rent.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

When seeking to increase rent on an “at will” tenant, a South Carolina landlord must give a minimum of a 30-Day Notice before increase rent is expected (South Carolina Rental Law).

How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

The state of South Carolina doesn’t legislate the frequency with which a landlord may increase rent.

Laws Regarding Late Fees

The state of South Carolina has no legislation regulating late fees.

Laws Regarding Bounced Check fees

In the state of South Carolina, a landlord may charge a tenant up to $30 for any check or draft returned for insufficient funds (South Carolina Statute 34-11-70).

Cities in the State With Rent Control

The state of South Carolina has no legislation limiting the amount a landlord may charge for rent. However, state law does indicate that no county or municipality can enact, enforce, or maintain any ordinance regulating, in any way, the amount of rent one can charge for privately owned rental property (South Carolina Statute 27-39-60).