South Carolina Lease Agreement Templates (6)

A South Carolina lease agreement is a formal contract between a landlord and a tenant for renting a property in South Carolina. This is a legal document and covers the rental terms, such as the rent amount, duration, and any rules or regulations that both parties must sign and adhere to.

 

. It is crucial for both landlords and tenants to carefully review and understand the terms of the lease agreement before signing to ensure a smooth rental experience.

Last updated March 31st, 2024

A South Carolina lease agreement is a formal contract between a landlord and a tenant for renting a property in South Carolina. This is a legal document and covers the rental terms, such as the rent amount, duration, and any rules or regulations that both parties must sign and adhere to.

 

. It is crucial for both landlords and tenants to carefully review and understand the terms of the lease agreement before signing to ensure a smooth rental experience.

  1. Home »
  2. Lease Agreements »
  3. South Carolina

By Type (6)

Standard Lease Agreement – A typical lease in which a tenant rents a property from a landlord for a set period of time. Usually 12 months.
Commercial Lease Agreement –  A lease between a business and a landlord for the use of office, retail, or industrial buildings.
Month-to-Month Lease Agreement – A renewable lease that re-starts every month and can be ended with a 30-day notice from either the landlord or tenant.
Rent-to-Own Agreement – The landlord may choose to sell their property to the renter after the lease ends.
Roommate Agreement – This agreement is for two people living together in a shared space and lays out their duties and responsibilities.
Sublease Agreement – With the landlord’s permission, a tenant can rent out all or part of their unit to another tenant.

Disclosures (3)

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – For any property built prior to 1978, the landlord must inform the renter of any known presence of lead paint.

Landlord’s Contact Details – The original lease agreement must include the property manager’s or owner’s name and address. § 27-40-420(a)

Unequal Deposits (conditional) – A landlord with four or more adjoining units must disclose the security deposit amounts if they are different in the lease agreement. § 27-40-410(c)

Security Deposit

Maximum Amount – In South Carolina, a landlord may charge whatever they would like for a security deposit with no minimum or maximum.

Returning to Tenant – A tenant must receive their security deposit within 30 days of the lease’s end. § 27-40-410(a)

  • Itemized List – The landlord must provide the tenant with a list of any damages or deductions taken from the deposit within 30 days of the lease end. § 27-40-410(a)

Collecting Interest – There are no South Carolina laws dictating what a landlord can do with the interest on a security deposit.

Separate Bank Account – There are no laws stating whether or not the lease’s security deposit needs to be in a separate bank account.

Landlord Access

General Access – If the landlord needs to gain access to the rented property, then a 24-hour notice must be given and must be at a reasonable time of day. § 27-40-530(c)

Emergency Access – In an emergency, the landlord has the right to enter his or her property without the tenant’s consent. § 27-40-530(b)(1)

Paying Rent

Grace Period – The rent must be paid on time without any grace period. A landlord may charge late fees if the rent is not paid on time. § 27-40-310(c)

Maximum Late Fee – There are no laws stating the maximum fee a landlord may charge a tenant in South Carolina.

Returned Checks (NSF) – Writing a bad rent check may result in a maximum $30 fine from the landlord. § 34-11-70(a)

Withholding Rent – If the tenant has an issue that is not remedied by the landlord after notification, then they may fix the issue themselves and deduct the costs from the rent. § 27-40-630(a)

Reasons for Eviction (4)

Non-Payment of Rent – Nonpayment of rent may result in a 5-day notice to quit or pay served by the landlord. § 27-40-710(b)

Non-Compliance – Failure to comply with the lease agreement terms may result in a 14-day notice to quit or comply. § 27-40-710(a)

Lockouts – Without a court order, the landlord may not lock out or change the locks on a renter. § 27-40-660

Leaving Before the End Date—The tenant is responsible for paying all rent until the end of the lease, even if they abandon the property. § 27-30-50 If they abandon the property, the landlord must make an effort to re-rent it.  § 27-40-730(c)