Prosperity Center now offering renters' rights classes

By Greg{}

BERKELEY COUNTY, S.C. (WCIV) - One Berkeley County nonprofit says it's seen an increase in renters being taken advantage of by their landlords. That's why the Prosperity Center is now offering renters' rights classes through South Carolina Legal Services.

"People should know that you can't just get evicted. Somebody just can't tell you, you have to move out tomorrow. There's rules and regulations and laws regarding eviction," says Walter Simmons, the manager of the center.

"If you get an eviction notice you have 10 days to request a court hearing," says Mary Platts, a staff attorney at South Carolina Legal Services. "If you do request a hearing, the landlord will need a court order. Then the sheriff would evict you, not the landlord."

Simmons says many of the people who are clients at his center have had issues with getting their landlords to keep up the property.

"We've had people come to use saying they have to fix electrical units in the house," said Simmons.

"You're paying so much money for an apartment or a house, you should be able to have it repaired under the law as needed," said Platts.

Platts' class covered everything from security deposits to how to go over a lease, which are all concerns Simmons says his clients have.

"There's a lot of demand for this type of service. We are already planning our next class," said Simmons.

The Prosperity Center hopes to host their next renter's rights class in October. To get your name on the list, call 843-761-6033.