The South Carolina roommate agreement (“room rental agreement”) is a document that co-tenants in a shared rental situation must sign. This contract describes the responsibility of co-tenant, including financial obligations, rules, terms, and conditions. All of the rentals’ inhabitants must sign the contract.
The landlord does not have anything to do with this type of rental agreement, so they will only deal with the primary tenant who signed the lease. Some landlords will accept payment form the other roommates, but in this type of arrangement, the primary roommate may want the other roommates to provide a check to them for the money so that the rent money can be turned in with a single check.
What to Include in a South Carolina Roommate Agreement
- The date that the roommate agreement is signed.
- The name of the primary roommate as well as all of the added roommates for the unit. Additional space can be left for roommates who wish to move in at a later time.
- The terms of the lease. The primary tenant will need to include a copy of the original lease document.
- The rules of the house will need to be included. This will consist of the rules for pets, the rules for parking, and any additional information. This should also include a cleaning schedule for the roommates to follow.
- The breakdown of the expenses. This will include who pays which portion of the rent and how the utilities will be divided.
- Make sure to include information about the security deposit as well.
- The signature of each roommate living on the premises must be included at the bottom of the document.
Roommate’s Rights in South Carolina
When a person is not on the lease, they are not going to have the same rights as the tenant who signed the rental agreement for the property. With that being said, the roommate that signs a roommate agreement will have some rights. These rights will include the right to heat and hot water. They have the right to maintenance of the unit and repairs when they are required. If the landlord fails to take care of the repairs, the roommate will also have the option of taking the landlord to court to make sure that they are not being discriminated against as a roommate who is living on the property.