Q: There was damages done to the home we rent over a year ago due to a naturahurricane. What are my right? Should I do?
We signed a year lease, a month later the property changed hands a new lease was never signed.we have lived here going on 3 years. And have fell on hard times due to having a baby. We said there was somethings need to be fixed before we sign a new lease. It's a lot that needs fixed. They were suppose to do a walkthrough yesterday and stood me up. Told me they would be here 5 minutes before and then just never responded until I said that I was going to put my kids to be after waiting an hr. They want is to sign a new lease and deposit knowing we cannot afford to right before Christmas. What are my rights? There is still damages from the hurricane they have never fixed. Can I withhold rent?
A: There are very specific requirements under the SC Landlord Tennant Act that you must comply with before you are able to withhold any rent. Failure to comply with all of those requirements could result in eviction if you withhold rent. I would recommend that you reach out to an attorney near you so that they can properly advise you.
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