Being a landlord comes with many responsibilities. Ranging from utility repairs to the cleanliness of properties, a landlord must be prepared for everything. In South Carolina, the responsibilities are outlined in state laws. However, it is important to remember that responsibilities vary depending on the specific lease agreements. To give you a general idea, we have put together a brief list of responsibilities of South Carolina landlords.     

Property Maintenance

First and foremost, landlords are responsible for maintaining each rental property and ensuring they have perfectly livable conditions. Most importantly, this includes addressing and attacking any threats that could affect the health and safety of the residents. Also, property maintenance also includes the structural integrity of all properties. Landlords must ensure that all buildings are structurally sound at all times. Lastly, maintenance includes maintaining common areas of rentals. 


Despite making sure all appliances and structural elements are always up to date, it is inevitable that accidents can happen and, therefore, landlords often face repairs needed here and there. This includes repairing or replacing plumbing, electrical systems, heating, and cooling systems. It is important to note that landlords are not responsible for repairing any intentional damage or damage made out of negligence.

Compliance with Building Codes

South Carolina laws ensure that landlords must comply with all building codes and regulations. This works to establish and ensure the safety of the tenants. In addition to building codes, they must also comply with housing codes and health and safety regulations. There are certain criteria required for rental properties to be met for safety and habitability. This includes sanitation, utilities, and ventilation in the properties.  

Disclosure of Information

Communication between tenants and landlords is incredibly important. Landlords are required to disclose certain information to their tenants. If there is a building-wide danger or hazard, the landlord must provide tenants with any information needed to ensure their safety. Also, upfront, they must disclose the name of the property owner or manager of the property.  

Sound overwhelming to own a property? Don’t worry. That’s why we’re here to help you manage your property so you can spend your time prioritizing what’s most important to you. When working with CREC, we will make sure you find the perfect place that ensures your safety and health. Reach out to us today with any questions at (843 )574-9100 or email us at [email protected].