South Dakota Rental Agreement

Last Updated: October 23, 2023 by Roberto Valenzuela

A South Dakota rental agreement is a legal contract between a landlord overseeing a rental property and a tenant who wishes to use it. South Dakota landlord-tenant law governs these agreements; rental terms must be within the limits allowed by law.

South Dakota Rental Agreement Types

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Residential Lease Agreement

A South Dakota residential lease agreement (“rental agreement”) is a legal contract for a tenant to rent a residential property from a landlord, subject to terms and conditions agreed by all parties.

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Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

A South Dakota month-to-month lease agreement is a contract (not necessarily written) where a tenant rents property from a landlord. The full rental term is one month, renewable on a month-to-month basis.

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Rental Application Form

South Dakota landlords may use a rental application form to screen prospective tenants. A rental application collects information relating to finances, rental history, and past evictions.

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Residential Sublease Agreement

A South Dakota sublease agreement is a legal contract where a tenant ("sublessor") rents (“subleases”) property to a new tenant (“sublessee”), usually with the landlord’s permission.

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Roommate Agreement

A South Dakota roommate agreement is a legal contract between two or more people (“co-tenants”) who share a rental property according to rules they set, including for things like splitting the rent. This agreement binds the co-tenants living together, and doesn’t include the landlord.

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Commercial Lease Agreement

A South Dakota commercial lease agreement is a legal contract arranging the rental of commercial space between a landlord and a business.

South Dakota Required Residential Lease Disclosures

  • Methamphetamine Contamination Disclosure (required for some leases) – South Dakota landlords must disclose to prospective tenants any known methamphetamine contamination that exists or may have existed on the rental property.
  • Lead-Based Paint Disclosure (required for some leases) – For any property built before 1978, federal law requires that a South Dakota residential lease must contain a lead-based paint disclosure with an EPA informational pamphlet, plus notice of any lead hazards on the property.

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

South Dakota Landlord Tenant Laws

  • Warranty of Habitability – South Dakota landlords can only rent out habitable property, which means providing features related to basic health and safety like heating, hot water, and sound structural elements. A tenant can ask a landlord to make repairs to any of these necessary features within a “reasonable” time. Failure to repair lets a tenant sue the landlord, repair and deduct, or terminate the lease.
  • Evictions – South Dakota landlords may evict tenants for reasons like failure to pay rent, lease violations, or illegal acts. Eviction can’t proceed until the landlord serves advance notice to quit. The amount depends on the eviction type. An eviction in South Dakota usually takes from 5 weeks to 3 months.
  • Security Deposits – South Dakota landlords can’t ask for more than 1 month’s rent as a security deposit, without the tenant’s written consent to a greater amount within the lease. At the end of the lease term, the landlord has 14 days to return any unused portion of a security deposit.
  • Lease Termination – South Dakota tenants can terminate a month-to-month lease with 30 days of advance notice. A fixed-term lease can’t be terminated early without active military duty, landlord harassment, uninhabitable property, or domestic abuse.
  • Rent Increases and Fees – South Dakota landlords have no maximum cap for a rent increase, and no advance notice requirement before an increase. There are no limits on late fees, but bounced check fees can’t be more than $40.
  • Landlord Entry – South Dakota landlords can enter rental property for purposes reasonably related to the tenancy, like repairs and inspections. Before entering, a landlord must give at least 24 hours of advance notice, except in emergency situations.
  • Settling Legal Disputes – South Dakota allows landlord-tenant disputes in small claims court. The amount in controversy must be under $12,000. South Dakota’s small claims courts lack equitable powers, so they can’t handle eviction cases.

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