Saint Helena Island, SC asked in Criminal Law and Landlord - Tenant for South Carolina

Q: Can a landlord make you move out in 2 months and I'm disabled getting a SSDI check.

These people let me move in there house which has been empty for a year...The helped me out and only charged me $300 dollars for rent because my SSDI was not much.. I have been staying for about I months now.. I got a phone call telling me I had to move out in 2 months because they wanted to enjoy the lake during the virus situation, but the words that come out of there months were you can stay here as long as you want...Can they be made to give me longer knowing I don't think that is long enough to save money and they also knew I was trying to get my teeth fixed, paying little at a time...Now how high rent is, the only reason I moved in this house it was helping them and me..I wouldn't have moved if the rent was more than $300.. Now telling me I got to move, I can not pay high rent..So can they be made to give me more time to find a place that I can afford

1 Lawyer Answer
Ryan D Templeton
Ryan D Templeton
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Summerville, SC
  • Licensed in South Carolina

A: It really depends if there is a written lease. If there is a lease setting out a term (length of time) that the lease is valid for they cannot evict you before the end of that lease unless they have some cause to do so. If it is only a verbal lease it is normally presumed that it is a month to month lease and therefore they can give you 30 days notice to move out. That being said, all evictions are currently on hold in South Carolina because of the pandemic.

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