South Carolina Eviction Notice Forms

Last Updated: January 2, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

A South Carolina eviction notice form is a legal demand for a tenant to comply with the terms of the rental agreement or else move out of the premises. South Carolina landlords may deliver an eviction notice because of unpaid rent, lease violations, or illegal activity on the rental property.

Types of South Carolina Eviction Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds Curable?
5 Day Notice To Quit Unpaid Rent Yes
14 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate Lease Violation Yes
30 Day Notice To Vacate No Lease No

South Carolina 5 Day Notice To Quit

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South Carolina 5 Day Notice To Quit evicts a tenant for nonpayment of rent. The tenant must pay all past due rent or else move out within five (5) judicial days.

With the appropriate specific language in the lease, the landlord does not necessarily need to serve notice after a late payment before beginning eviction proceedings in court. A special written statement in the lease that nonpayment of rent may lead to eviction is all the notice legally required.

South Carolina 14 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

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A South Carolina 14 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate demands correction of a lease violation that is “curable,” i.e., the tenant gets a chance to fix the situation rather than be evicted. A curable lease violation might include failure to maintain health and safety on the rental property, interfering with the quiet enjoyment of neighbors, or refusal to allow lawful entry by the landlord.

Tenants must take appropriate corrective action or move out within fourteen (14) calendar days. If failure to comply with health and safety standards creates an emergency situation, the landlord may specify that the tenant’s immediate action is necessary.

South Carolina 30 Day Notice To Vacate

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A South Carolina 30 Day Notice To Vacate terminates a rental agreement, including a month-to-month or year-to-year lease as well as an expired lease or a situation with no written lease where the tenant pays rent monthly. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least thirty (30) calendar days before the date of termination.

How To Write an Eviction Notice in South Carolina       

To help ensure the legal compliance of an eviction notice:

  1. Use the tenant’s full name and address
  2. Specify the lease violation as well as any balance due
  3. Specify the date of termination
  4. Print name and sign the notice, including the landlord’s address of record
  5. Note the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Calculate Expiration Date in South Carolina

The “clock” for most South Carolina eviction notice periods starts “ticking” the day after the notice gets delivered (served). For example, to give at least 30 days of notice and begin court action as of June 30th, delivery of the eviction notice must be no later than May 31st. 

In most jurisdictions, if the last day of a notice period is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the notice period continues to run until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. This is called the “next judicial day;” in other words, the next day a courthouse is open.

In South Carolina, eviction notice periods of fewer than (7) days only count judicial days, i.e., the count does not include weekends or legal holidays.

How To Serve an Eviction Notice in South Carolina  

South Carolina landlords may deliver an eviction notice using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the other party
  2. Delivery by registered or certified mail

Mailed notice extends the notice period by five (5) calendar days, to account for variable delivery times.

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