- The tenant does not adhere to applicable building and housing codes materially affecting health and safety.
- The tenant does not keep his dwelling unit in a reasonably safe and clean condition.
- The tenant does not dispose of ashes, garbage, rubbish, or other waste in a reasonably clean or safe manner.
- The tenant does not keep the plumbing fixtures in the dwelling unit reasonably clean.
- The tenant does not use electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air-conditioning, and other facilities and appliances, including elevators, in the premises in a reasonable manner.
- The tenant has deliberately or negligently destroyed, defaced, damaged, impaired, or removed a part of the dwelling unit or permitted another person to do so.
- The tenant, or his guest, has disturbed another tenant’s peaceful enjoyment of their dwelling unit.
While the list of reasons above for a landlord to withhold a security deposit is not exhaustive, it is what legislators in South Carolina adopted when passing the South Carolina Residential Landlord Tenant Act.