We wanted to send you an update about the current status of eviction filings in South Carolina. This morning, the South Carolina Supreme Court issued a new Order, which required that all evictions filings, writs, and hearings be discontinued for now, until the Court issues a future Order allowing them to resume. Starting today, we will no longer be able to submit new eviction cases to the Courts, nor to process and submit new Writs.
While we do not have a definite date when the Courts will be open for submission of new eviction cases again, we will be preparing every case you submit to us through Nationwide in the interim days, so that they are all ready to be filed as soon as we get the go ahead from the Courts. We encourage you to continue to submit your evictions as you normally would in Nationwide so that we will have your files ready to go and submit as soon as is permitted.
Here are a few important things we ask you to keep in mind:
- Please do not charge attorneys fees or court costs to any tenant’s ledger until you receive an invoice from us – there may be a lag time before we are able to file, so please do not charge legal fees until you receive an invoice from us.
- Should we experience a delay beyond a couple weeks in which we are unable to file, please be patient; it may take extra time for us to review and process your case, but we will file all cases we have received with the Courts as soon as permitted, which is why we would encourage filing as normal so avoid any delay time when that time comes.
- We will not charge you any fees until we process and submit your case (or Writ) to the Court – so you will not receive an invoice until we are actually able to file your case with the Court.
- If you should upload a case for March that has yet to be filed, please remember to upload a ledger that includes April’s rent should we not be able to file until April.
We remain hopeful (as we’re sure you do, as well) that we will be allowed to start filing again in April; however, in full disclosure, the Court has not specified a date that filings will re-commence, so the timing could be 30, or more, days out, we just don’t know. But we will, of course, keep you updated the very day we get new information for you.
We thank you for your continued support during these difficult times and we will continue to go above and beyond to serve you.
Loebsack & Brownlee PLLC
The Eviction Team
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