Legal Rights & Responsibilities

Landlords and tenants have specific legal rights and responsibilities.

If you are a student at The University of South Carolina, you can meet with a lawyer through Student Legal Services at no additional cost to you. If you are having trouble or difficulties with your landlord/property manager and it cannot be remedied between the tenant and landlord, or if you need help navigating your lease, please fill out the Student Legal Services appointment request form to set up an appointment.

Know Your Rights

South Carolina Residential Landlord and Tenant Act
This law serves to protect South Carolina house, apartment, and room renters and their landlords.

Tenant Responsibilities

  • Pay rent on the date it is due.
  • Do not harm the landlord’s property or disturb the other tenants.
  • Do your part to keep the unit safe and clean.
  • Be responsible for your guests’ actions.

Landlord Responsibilities

  • Comply with the requirements of applicable building and housing codes materially affecting health and safety.
  • Make all repairs and do whatever is reasonably necessary to put and keep the premises in a livable condition.
  • If you live in an apartment building, the landlord also has to keep all common areas, like stairs, hallways, yards and the parking lot, in a safe condition.

For more information on Landlord and Tenant Law, please visit one of the resources below:

South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice Center
Landlord and Tenant Law Overview
South Carolina Bar Association

This information was prepared to provide general information about the legal rights of tenants, it was not designed to serve as legal advice — which is the application of law to an individual’s specific circumstances. Although great measures have been taken to make sure this information is accurate and useful, we recommend that you contact Student Legal Services and speak with a lawyer about your specific situation.