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Updated July 12, 2022

A South Carolina lease agreement is a legally binding contract allowing a tenant to live at a property in exchange for paying rent to the landlord. The agreement can be written for both commercial and residential property to allow a tenant to occupy space and pay rent, usually on the first (1st) of the month. It is recommended that all tenants have their income and credit verified through a rental application.

Rental Application (Form 460) – Tool used for landlords as a way to verify that a potential tenant is credible before authorizing a rental contract.

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Agreement Types (7)

Association of Realtors  (Form 410) – This document is provided by the South Carolina Assoc. of Realtors for standard tenancies between landlord and tenant.

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Commercial Lease Agreement (Form 400) – For tenancies that are work or business-related. Not for the use of livable space.

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Month-to-Month Lease Agreement  ( § 27-40-770 ) – Known as a tenancy at will and renews every month with payment to the landlord. The term can be ended with at least thirty (30) days’ notice from either party.

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Rent-to-Own Lease Agreement – Standard residential document with the added language that gives the tenant the right to buy the property.

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Room Rental (Roommate) Agreement – For persons living in a shared living situation.

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Standard Residential Lease Agreement – The most common type of lease with a term of 1-year.

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Sublease Agreement – To sublet, meaning that a person with a lease may turn around and rent the same space during their term with the landlord. Most agreements require that the landlord consent to this type of tenancy.

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Required Disclosures (3)

Agent/Landlord Information ( § 27-40-420 ) – Any person allowed onto the property must be stated prior to or at lease signing along with the owner/manager’s name and address for legal notices.

Lead-Based Paint Disclosure – All residences that were constructed prior to 1978 are eligible to have lead paint in them and therefore the landlord must notify all new tenants.

Unequal Deposits ( § 27-40-410 ) – If the landlord owns more than four (4) adjoining dwelling units and imposes different security deposit amounts for different criteria of individuals, the rules for setting this amount must be listed in a conspicuous place by the landlord or listed in the rental contract.


The landlord must give the tenant at least twenty-four (24) hours before entering the premises and must be during the hours described in  § 27-40-530 .

Security Deposits

Maximum – There is no bbin电竞官网官方永久 cap. The landlord may charge as much as they deem necessary.

Returning ( § 27-40-410 ) – Thirty (30) days from the termination date and the premises have been returned to the landlord.

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