South Carolina Residential Landlord and Tenant Act
Tenants and Landlord’s should always enter into a written lease that is not in violation of the South Carolina Residential Landlord and Tenant Act. The lease is important because it governs the relationship between the tenant and the landlord, and should be fair and balanced, protecting both parties’ interests.
Both parties are obligated to abide by the terms of the lease. Tenants in default can be evicted and fined; landlords in default can be fined. While a residential lease in South Carolina is not required to be in writing, it is highly recommended because a verbal lease is much more difficult for either party to enforce.
It is recommended to use only the “State” forms, including the residential lease. “State” forms does not mean it is written by the State of South Carolina, but by the SC Realtors Association, which has legal counsel on staff to make sure its forms comply with SC statutes.
You can read the South Carolina Residential Landlord and Tenant Act here. You can read the Act on SC’s Legislative website here.