I’m a South Carolina tenant and I don’t want to move out of my home. How can I avoid eviction? What are my South Carolina tenant eviction rights?

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If you are a South Carolina tenant who has not paid your rent or who has received a notice that your landlord is terminating the lease, you should first try to talk to your landlord. If you can compromise with your landlord or negotiate for more time, you may be able to avoid the eviction. The best thing you can do is fix the problem that is causing the landlord to evict you. If you owe the landlord rent, you should pay what you can. If you have breached the lease, you have 14 days to fix the breach, and you should. If you cannot do any of this, you will have to wait for the landlord’s eviction papers. These papers will include an “order to show cause” which will give you a date to come to court and state why you should not be evicted. It is very important that you show up, because if you don’t, you may lose by default.

If you’re in the midst of a legal dispute with your landlord, you may want to seek the advice of an experienced South Carolina evictions attorney. A lawyer can help you defend against the eviction as well as advise you on any rights you may have with respect to the notice you received and the subsequent eviction action.

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