South Carolina Rental Application Form
Rental Application Fee
There is no limit to how much a South Carolina landlord can charge as the application fee. However, in the interest of fairness, the charge should be uniform for all applicants. The application fee will cover the cost of the background check, usually implemented by a third party. The background check usually covers creditworthiness, tenancy background, and criminal records, if any.
South Carolina does not have a ceiling on security deposits. However, the amount should be reasonable. The security deposit is a form of protection for the landlord should a tenant fail to pay rent on time or if there is any damage to the property.
At the end of tenancy, the landlord is required to return the security deposit — or part of it — to the tenant within 30 days. The landlord can withhold part of the security deposit if there is damage to the property. They will then prepare an itemized list of deductions, which will be sent to the tenant’s forwarding address. Any deterioration due to regular wear and tear cannot be included in the deductions (SC Code § 27-40-410 (2020)).