NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCBD) – A bill making rental agreements fairer for tenants is set to be introduced Tuesday at the State House.
The South Carolina Residential Landlord Tenant Act, which is being filed by State Representative Marvin Pendarvis, would allow a tenant to make repairs and deduct the cost from the rent, in the event the landlord has failed to make those repairs.
Right now, those deductions are not allowed.
Rep. Pendarvis introduced that bill in response to a report that found North Charleston has the highest eviction rate in the country. That study, which comes from Princeton University, shows 16.5% of renters are evicted every year.
“South Carolina has an eviction crisis,” said Rep. Pendarvis in a press release. “North Charleston is the number one city in America for evictions – we have to address this problem now. My bill is an important first step towards keeping families in their homes.”
He went on to say, “It is my hope that these changes will give tenants more flexibility, keep more renters out of eviction court, and ultimately keep more people in their homes. We have to make the process fairer for tenants.”