All 50 states are required by Federal law to include certain information in all Rental/Lease Agreements, including:
- The names and contact information of both landlord and tenant,
- The address of the premises,
- Pet provisions,
- Disclosures and information on lead-based hazards, mold, and other safety hazards,
- Security deposit specifics,
However, not all states will have identical leasing and rental requirements and may differ on some important issues.
As long as a state meets the Federal statutory minimum, then they are free to differ on certain requirements. It’s recommended you familiarize yourself with South Carolina’s specific laws and requirements to ensure your legal and financial rights are protected fully.
1. South Carolina Residential Lease Agreement Sample
The sample lease agreement below describes a contract between “Landlord” Andy Cohn and “Tenant” Tim Curtis. He agrees to rent a house in Charleston for $1,500 per month on a month-by-month basis. The tenant agrees to pay for all utilities and services for the Premises.
This is a good example of what provisions a simple lease agreement might contain, and how one should look in its final form.
2. South Carolina Landlord and Tenant Laws
South Carolina imposes specific and distinct requirements for landlords and tenants when executing a Lease/Rental Agreement. For example, South Carolina statutes provide for the following:
- A landlord is uncapped as to how much they may request from a tenant for a security deposit. (No statute)
Landlord Right of Entry:
- A landlord must give twenty-four (24) hours notice to the tenant before entering the premises and must only enter at reasonable hours. (§ 27-40-530(c))
Additionally, South Carolina law requires:
- A landlord is required to supply running water and a “reasonable amount” of hot water and heat at all hours. (§ 27-40-440)
Further Contact Details:
- A landlord must disclose in writing to the tenant the contact details of the owner of the property or agent authorized to act on behalf of the owner. (§ 27-40-420)