South Dakota Apartment Lease Agreement

The South Dakota rental market has adequate provisions to protect landlords and tenants. However, they only apply when parties sign a South Dakota apartment lease agreement. This contract generally outlines what parties can expect of each other during the rental period. It also spells out the course of action when terms are breached.

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South Dakota Apartment Lease Agreement

One of the critical aspects of a South Dakota apartment lease agreement is compliance with state landlord-tenant laws. These laws dictate various aspects of the rental process, including security deposit limits, eviction procedures, and tenant rights. Landlords must adhere to these regulations to avoid legal disputes and ensure a smooth rental experience.

Security Deposit

  • Maximum amount: South Dakota doesn’t allow landlords to charge a security deposit of more than one (1) month’s rent.
  • Deadline for refund: Landlords have 14 days after the tenant moves out and provide a forwarding address to return the unused portion of the security deposit or provide a written statement of deductions.
  • Allowed deductions: Landlords can deduct amounts for unpaid rent, tenant damages beyond normal wear and tear, and other funds owed under the lease. 
  • Itemized accounting: Tenants can request an itemized list of deductions within 45 days after moving out if they dispute the amounts withheld.
  • Punitive damages: If landlords wrongfully withhold the deposit, fail to provide statements/accountings, or make unreasonable deductions, tenants can recover up to $200 in punitive damages plus court costs by taking legal action. 
  • Disputes: Tenants can file disputes for deposit returns under $12,000 in Small Claims Court or higher amounts in Civil Court within six (6) years of moving out. No need to hire an attorney. 
  • Forfeiture of rights: Landlords lose all rights to keep any portion of the deposit if they don’t comply with security deposit laws.

Entry and Access

  • Landlord entry: For reasonable purposes related to the tenancy, such as repairs, maintenance, and housing code inspections, landlords are allowed to enter.
  • Notice of entry: A minimum of 24 hours written notice is required for non emergency entries.
  • Reasonable entry times: Landlords can only enter at reasonable times of day, even with notice.
  • Emergency access: No notice is required for emergency entries.

Pets Policy

  • Pet deposit: Landlords can require a refundable pet deposit to cover any potential damages caused by a tenant’s pet. This functions similarly to a security deposit but is specifically for pet-related damages.
  • Service animals exempt: Regardless of a “no pets” policy, landlords must make reasonable accommodations for tenants with disabilities to have service animals.
  • Size/number limitations: Landlords may place reasonable restrictions on the type, size, weight, and number of pets allowed. Common restrictions include banning aggressive dog breeds or limiting the number/weight of pets.


In a South Dakota apartment lease agreement, landlords must provide certain disclosures to tenants. 

  • Methamphetamine contamination: If the landlord knows of any methamphetamine contamination on the property, they must disclose this in writing. This applies only to affected units in a multi-unit building. 
  • Lead-based paint: For any rental built before 1978, the landlord must provide a lead-based paint disclosure form and pamphlet from the EPA. Provides information about lead hazards to ensure tenants can take safety precautions.

Other non-mandatory disclosures include: 

  • Asbestos hazards
  • Bed bugs 
  • Mold
  • Smoking policy
  • Utility billing
  • Non-refundable fees

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