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South Carolina Residential Lease Agreement

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South Carolina Landlords need a Lease Agreement that complies with all SC Lease laws. This is key for ensuring Landlords are fully protected and get the most out of their Rental Contract.

Our South Carolina Lease Agreements are guaranteed to comply with all Lease laws. Plus, they’re EZ to create and customize.

Here’s how our EZ Lease-building process works:

  1. Follow user-friendly prompts to customize your Lease Agreement.
  2. As you do, you’ll get State-Assist tips to point out important state laws. Note: all state-required language and disclosures are automatically included.
  3. With the click of a box, add any additional documents or disclosures that you need to customize your Lease Package - for example, a Pet Addendum, Pool Addendum, or Tenant Guest Policy.
  4. Review and sign your Lease entirely online with our electronic signing tool, ezSign.
  5. Once signed, your Lease Agreement is automatically stored securely with our ezCoudStorage.

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Landlord-Tenant Laws

Our South Carolina Lease Agreement is guaranteed to comply with all Lease laws, but we know that Pro Landlords need to be familiar with Landlord-Tenant laws when managing their property!

Category State Law
Ending and Renewing Week-to-Week: 7 days' notice is required. Month-to-Month: 30 days' notice is required. Fixed-Term: No additional notice is required other than what is contained in the written Lease Agreement. If nothing is specified in the Lease, termination is automatic at the end of the Lease term.
Security Deposit There is no limit placed on the maximum amount a Landlord may collect for the security deposit.
Returned Payment Fee The returned check fee can not exceed $30.00.
Late Fee There is no limit placed on the amount that can be charged for a late fee; however, assessed fees should be reasonably related to the Landlord's expenses as a result of late payment.
Insurance Requirements Landlords may require tenants to obtain rental insurance and could make the failure to do so a breach of the Lease Agreement.
Notice to Enter Landlords must provide at least 24 hours' notice before entering the leased premises.
Landlord Requirements The Landlord must disclose to the Tenant the names and addresses of the owner or any agents who are authorized to act on the owner’s behalf in writing, before or at the beginning of the tenancy.

Subleases require the written consent of the Landlord.

Contact your local housing or zoning office to be sure your rental property complies with city and county requirements for inspections, rent control, occupancy limits, property codes, and zoning. Many cities and counties require inspections and/or registrations and have specific maintenance regulations.

Pro Tip: All required disclosures, language, and terms are automatically included in our South Carolina Lease Agreement. This means Landlords can rest EZ knowing that their Lease complies with all state laws!

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Required Disclosures

Don’t worry, we automatically include all required disclosures in your South Carolina Lease Agreement!

  • Lead-Based Paint Disclosure: Pursuant to federal law, if the property was built before 1978, the occupants must be provided with a lead-based paint disclosure.
  • Unequal deposits: If the Landlord owns four or more units and charges different amounts for the security deposit, the rules for setting the security deposit must be included in the Lease Agreement or listed in a conspicuous place.

Have other addendums or disclosures you want to include in your Lease Package? We have over 25 that Landlords can add with just the click of a button! For example, a Pet Addendum, a Hurricane Addendum, or an Emergency Repairs Addendum.

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We know that Landlords have lots of questions. Thankfully, we’ve got answers! Here are a few of the questions we get the most.

Note: Have a question that we don’t answer below? Please don’t hesitate to contact our team!

Does a Lease need to be notarized in South Carolina?

No, South Carolina Rental Contracts do not need to be notarized. As long as the Lease is signed by both parties, it’s considered fully executed and legally binding. The parties can opt to have the Lease notarized if they’d like to, but it’s not required.

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Do South Carolina Lease Agreements need to be in writing?

In most cases, both verbal and written contracts are enforceable in South Carolina. HOWEVER, we highly recommend that you always use a written contract.

If problems arise with your Tenant, it’s the Lease that will protect you. To be fully protected, it’s important that your Lease is in writing and that all terms are clearly documented.

Any time you rent property, it’s a good idea to have a written Lease Agreement in place. While there are some basic, simple Lease Agreements online, these can often be as lacking as a verbal Lease.

To make sure you and your property have the complete protection you need, you don’t want a generic, blank fillable Lease Agreement. Instead, you want a state-specific Lease Agreement that is customized to your property, covers all terms of the rental relationship, and complies with all state Lease laws.

Who needs a Lease Agreement in South Carolina?

Anyone who leases real estate in South Carolina needs a Lease Agreement. This is true whether you’re renting an apartment, duplex, condo, or single-family home. There are some standard Lease Agreements available - for example, the one offered by the South Carolina Association of Realtors. While these are better than nothing, we encourage Landlords, aka the lessor, to customize a Lease Agreement that will cover all unique aspects of their property.

A thorough, customized Lease Agreement not only ensures Landlords are protected if problems arise but also helps to build strong Landlord-Tenant relationships. A complete Lease Package provides Tenants with all the information they need about their new home and ensures that they understand all rules and responsibilities. It’s a great way to build strong Landlord-Tenant communication from Day 1 and to set a strong foundation for good Landlord-Tenant relationships.

What is the standard Lease term in South Carolina?

The standard Lease term in South Carolina is one year (12 months). While that’s the most common length, Leases can be shorter or longer as long as the term is clearly stated in the Rental Contract.

Short-term Rental Contracts, Month-to-Month Lease Agreements, and Vacation Rental Contracts are all recognized by SC law.

How should I store my signed Leases?

It’s important that your signed Leases are securely stored and easily accessible. Our Lease Agreements are automatically stored securely on the cloud with ezCloudStorage. If you prefer a hard copy, they’re also EZ to print or download as a PDF.

There are lots of ways you can store your signed Leases, but the key is making sure that they’re safe and accessible!

South Carolina Rental Forms and Templates

While the Lease Agreement is the most important form that Landlords use, it’s only the first of many forms that Landlords need.

That’s why we offer forms for the entire Landlord Lifecycle - from Tenant Screening to move-out!

  • Rental Application: Before signing a Lease Agreement, it’s vital to first screen Tenants. Screening should start with our FREE Rental Application and include a credit report, criminal history background report, eviction history report, and ResidentScore. See sample reports here.
  • Tenant Welcome Letter: Customize this letter to make sure that renters have all the information they need about their new home on day 1.
  • Move-In/Move-Out Walkthrough Checklist: This checklist makes it EZ to document property condition at move-in and move-out. Pro Tip: If you collect a security deposit, this form is essential.
  • Rent Ledger: Our rent ledger makes it EZ for Landlords to track payments and document any missed payments.
  • South Carolina 5-Day Demand for Rent: This form should be used with Tenants that are behind on rent. This is a necessary first step before filing for eviction.
  • South Carolina Application for Ejectment: South Carolina Landlords should use this form to initiate eviction proceedings.
  • South Carolina 14-Day Notice to Cure: Landlords should use this Notice for Lease violations other than non-payment of rent.
  • South Carolina Eviction Pamphlet: This pamphlet outlines the requirements for a Landlord to evict a Tenant.
  • South Carolina Landlord-Tenant Law Pamphlet: This resource outlines Landlord and Tenant rights in South Carolina and provides Landlords with a good overview of state Lease laws.

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