South Carolina Security Deposit Law

South Carolina Security Deposit Law

Author: Kasee Godwin
Date: 12.20.2022

Understanding South Carolina Security Deposit Law: A Guide for Landlords and Tenants

The South Carolina Security Deposit Law plays a pivotal role in rental agreements within the state. This guide aims to enlighten landlords and tenants about the intricacies of this law.

Maximum Security Deposit

In South Carolina, there is no cap on the amount a landlord can charge for a security deposit.

Refund Timeline

Under South Carolina law, landlords must return the security deposit within 30 days after the tenant vacates the property. This timeline begins when the tenant surrenders possession of the premises, providing landlords with a clear deadline for processing refunds. Adhering to these 30 days is crucial for landlords to remain compliant with state laws and for tenants to manage their finances post-lease effectively. 

Disclosure Requirements

South Carolina law does not explicitly require landlords to disclose the location where they hold security deposits. However, landlords must keep these deposits in a separate account and cannot blend them with their personal finances. 

This requirement aims to ensure the security of the deposit and promote transparent financial practices between landlords and tenants.

Interest on Deposits

In South Carolina, landlords are not required to pay interest on security deposits. This aspect of the law means that the deposit amount remains static throughout the tenancy, without accruing additional financial benefits for the tenant. Landlords need only return the amount initially collected, assuming no deductions for damages or unpaid rent. This policy directly impacts how tenants and landlords view and handle security deposits in terms of overall rental costs.

Move-In and Move-Out Documentation

In South Carolina, landlords must provide tenants with a written statement of the property’s condition at the beginning of the lease. This statement should detail the existing damage to ensure both parties agree on the property’s condition at move-in. Upon termination of the lease, landlords have the right to inspect the property and list any damages that may be deducted from the security deposit. This documentation is essential for preventing disputes and ensuring clarity and fairness in assessing potential damages.

Best Practices for Landlords and Tenants

Navigating the South Carolina Security Deposit Law is essential for landlords and tenants. By understanding and adhering to these laws, including deposit limits, refund timelines, and documentation requirements, both parties can ensure a smooth rental experience. These laws are designed to protect both tenant and landlord interests, balancing rights and responsibilities. For landlords, this means clear guidelines for holding and returning deposits, and for tenants, it provides financial security and peace of mind.


Qira aims to keep this information as up-to-date as possible. The content provided here is informational and should be different from legal counsel. Please refer to the relevant government sources to check for any changes or updates to the law.


Kasee Godwin

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Kasee is the Director of Marketing for Qira. She has nearly 15 years of experience in the real estate marketing industry, including 10 years on the client side. In her spare time, she enjoys reading science fiction, exploring new wineries, and fostering Golden Retrievers.

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