2018 South Carolina Code of Laws
Title 27 - Property and Conveyances
Section 27-39-210. Commencement of proceedings for collection of rent by distress.

Universal Citation: SC Code § 27-39-210 (2018)

A landlord may enforce collection of rent due by distress in the following manner, to wit: Any magistrate having jurisdiction over the district in which the premises occupied are situate may issue, upon receipt of an affidavit of the landlord or his agent setting forth the amount of rent due, a notice directed to the tenant stating the alleged amount of rent due, including any cost, and fixing a time and place for a predistress hearing to be held not earlier than five days after the service of the notice. Such notice, together with a copy of the affidavit, shall be delivered to (a) any regular constable, (b) such special constable as the magistrate may appoint or (c) the sheriff of the county for enforcement. Such officer shall forthwith serve a copy of the notice and affidavit on the tenant by delivering the copies to him personally, or if he cannot be found, to any agent of the tenant in whose possession the property sought to be distrained is located. If neither the tenant nor any agent of the tenant can be found, the tenant may be served by leaving such copies at the tenant's place of business or at the rented premises with some person of suitable age and discretion. If, after reasonable search, the tenant cannot be located in the county, no person can be found in possession of the rented premises, and the premises have been abandoned for a period of fifteen days or more immediately prior to the date of service, the copies of the affidavit and notice may be served by leaving them affixed to the most conspicuous part of the premises and by delivering them to the clerk of court of the county in which the premises are located. If the premises have been abandoned for fifteen days immediately prior to the date of service, the tenant shall be deemed to have appointed the clerk of court as his agent for acceptance of service of the notice and affidavit.

HISTORY: 1962 Code Section 41-151; 1952 Code Section 41-151; 1946 (44) 2584; 1973 (58) 384.

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