SC Landlord Tenant Act on Storm Damage:

SECTION 27-40-650. Fire or casualty damage.

(a) If the dwelling unit or premises are damaged or destroyed by fire or casualty to the extent that normal use and occupancy of the dwelling unit is substantially impaired, the tenant may:

(1) immediately vacate the premises and notify the landlord in writing within seven days thereafter of his intention to terminate the rental agreement, in which case the rental agreement terminates as of the date of vacating; or

(2) if continued occupancy is lawful, vacate any part of the dwelling unit rendered unusable by the fire or casualty, in which case the tenant’s liability for rent is reduced in proportion to the diminution in the fair-market rental value of the dwelling unit.

(b) Unless the fire or casualty was due to the tenant’s negligence or otherwise caused by the tenant, if the rental agreement is terminated, the landlord shall return security recoverable under Section 27-40-410 and all prepaid rent. Accounting for rent in the event of termination or apportionment must be made as of the date of the fire or casualty. A landlord may withhold the tenant’s security deposit or prepaid rent if the fire or casualty was due to the tenant’s negligence or otherwise caused by the tenant; however, if the landlord withholds a security deposit or prepaid rent, he must comply with the notice requirement in Section 27-40-410(a).

Posted by: Byron King on 09/03/19 (This information is only accurate as of 09/03/19. You must contact SCR for updates and changes to this information after 09/03/19 as laws and regulations may change over time. SCR 803-772-5206 or email info at