South Carolina Rental Lease Agreements

The South Carolina rental agreements are documents created when a tenant wishes to use a real property that a landlord is overseeing. These contracts create a relationship where the tenant makes regular rent payments and agrees to follow certain terms, which are governed by South Carolina’s landlord-tenant laws.

South Carolina Rental Agreement Types

11 pages
Residential Lease Agreement

The South Carolina residential lease agreement (“rental agreement”) is used to formalize an agreement between a landlord and tenant to rent real property in exchange for a fee.

9 pages
Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

The South Carolina month-to-month rental agreement documents the agreed-upon terms by a landlord and tenant for the renting of property.

3 pages
Rental Application Form

The South Carolina rental application form is a document that is used to collect income, rental history, eviction history, and other personal information about prospective tenants applying to rent a property.

8 pages
Residential Sublease Agreement

The South Carolina sublease agreement is a binding legal contract wherein an initial tenant ("sublessor") rents (“sublets”) rental property to a new tenant (“sublessee”) in exchange for regular, recurring payments.

3 pages
Roommate Agreement

The South Carolina roommate agreement (“room rental agreement”) is a document that co-tenants in a shared rental situation must sign.

12 pages
Commercial Lease Agreement

The South Carolina commercial lease agreement is an agreement between the landlord or property owner and a business seeking commercial space.

South Carolina Required Lease Disclosures

  • Landlord’s Name & Address (required for all) – To ensure channels exist for serving legal notices, the name and address of the landlord or agent authorized to act on behalf of the rental property must be provided in a South Carolina lease agreement.
  • Security Deposit Inequality Disclosure (required for some) – If there are 4 or more adjoined rental units in the same building with 2 or more security deposit requirements, the method for calculating the security charges must be provided in the South Carolina lease agreement to ensure that there each tenant is charged fairly.
  • Lead Based Paint Disclosure (required for some) – All pre-1978 properties in South Carolina with a unit for rent must include a lead based paint disclosure and EPA-approved pamphlet with notice of any existing lead based paint hazards.

To learn more about required disclosures in South Carolina, click here.

South Carolina Landlord Tenant Laws

  • Warranty of Habitability – South Carolina landlords must provide the following basic amenities to all tenants: running water, in-unit heating, air-conditioning, plumbing, and more. If these break down, they must be repaired by the landlord within 14 days. Otherwise, an effected tenant can seek out an alternative amenity and deduct the cost from their rent.
  • Evictions – In South Carolina, a landlord may evict their tenant for failing to pay rent (5-day notice), violating their lease (14-day notice), or committing a crime (immediate). In most cases, evictions here take a full 2 weeks, if not a month in total.
  • Security Deposits – South Carolina does not maintain a limit on how much a landlord can charge for a security deposit. Despite this, they do require all collected deposits of this kind to be returned within 30 days of a tenancy’s expiration.
  • Lease Termination – Month-to-month leases in South Carolina can be broken only after a tenant provides 30 days of notice. As for a fixed-term lease, a landlord may only approve an early termination if the tenant supplies proof of landlord harassment, active military duty, or unit uninhabitability.
  • Rent Increases & Fees – South Carolina landlords can increase rent rates at their discretion without providing notice or justification. A similar freedom applies to charging fees, which the state does not cap in most cases. One exception involves returned check fees, which are limited to $30 in value per instance.
  • Landlord Entry – In most circumstances, a South Carolina landlord must provide notice of their intended entry 24 hours in advance of its occurrence. This does not include emergency situations, when notice-less entry is usually accepted.
  • Settling Legal Disputes – The South Carolina small claims court can settle disputes valued at up to $7,500. This includes eviction cases. Also, all accepted cases must fall within the statewide 3 year statute of limitations.

To learn more about landlord tenant laws in South Carolina, click here.