SC Landlord Tenant Law Attorneys in Myrtle Beach
Disputes between landlords and tenants are a common source of tension, but the relative obligations and the rights of both landlords and their tenants are determined by law in South Carolina.
The South Carolina Residential Landlord Tenant Act outlines when a tenant can and cannot be evicted, the process for evictions, and what damages are available to either side for violations. Although many provisions can and should be specified in a comprehensive lease agreement, the Landlord Tenant Act contains provisions that cover most common scenarios.
When either party takes action that violates the provisions of the Landlord Tenant Act, they could be forced to pay:
- Actual damages;
- Treble damages (the financial cost multiplied by three); and
- Your attorney fees to prosecute or defend the action.
SC Eviction Lawyers Who Represent Landlords
Whether you are an individual or a business that rents out properties, a deadbeat tenant who refuses to pay rent or who causes damage to your property can be a costly nightmare. The SC landlord tenant attorneys at Axelrod and Associates can help you to get back on track by:
- Evicting the non-paying tenant;
- Advising you as to how to legally seize the tenant’s property to secure payment;
- Obtaining an injunction to prevent further damage to your property; or
- Filing suit to recover losses from damaged property and unpaid rent.
The Landlord Tenant Act outlines SC’s rules for eviction, removal of a tenant’s property, or changing a tenant’s locks – if you violate these rules you may be exposing yourself to a lawsuit by the tenant, potential treble damages and payment of the tenant’s attorney fees. For this reason alone, you should consult with your SC business and landlord tenant attorney before taking any action…
SC Eviction Attorneys Who Represent Tenants
In some cases, our SC landlord tenant attorneys also represent tenants who are being wrongly evicted, whose property has been taken by their landlord, or who are entitled to a security deposit that the landlord is withholding.
In other cases, tenants may need relief from harassment by their landlord or the landlord’s failure to repair unsafe conditions on the property.
Although not every wrong has a remedy under SC law, when there is a violation of the Landlord Tenant Act, the landlord may be forced to pay treble damages as well as your attorney fees.
SC Lease Agreement Attorneys in Myrtle Beach
Many landlord tenant disputes can be prevented by spelling out each party’s obligations and rights in a carefully drafted lease agreement that is tailored to your circumstances and complies with SC law. On the other hand, if a party files suit, the lawsuit may be dismissed or resolved more quickly if there is a clearly written lease agreement in place.
Your SC landlord tenant lawyer at Axelrod and Associates will meet with you and help you to draft or negotiate a lease agreement that protects your interests.
Your Myrtle Beach Landlord Tenant Lawyer at Axelrod and Associates can help you to evict a non-paying tenant, recover damages from an unruly tenant, or sue your landlord for violations of the SC Landlord Tenant Act.