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Could I let a current tenant leave?

I plan to buy a house with a tenant. He has been in this house more than 10 years. He paid much lower rent than market price because he depended on social security. Could I let him leaven with a written notice 30 days in advance? What can I do if he refuses to leave? 

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You need to pull up the South Carolina Landlord/Tenant laws.  Usually the written lease wins, but sometimes if you are purchasing a house for your personal residence you may be able to give 90 days notice.   If you are purchasing it as a rental, you are likely to have to go by the terms of the lease.
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Also, if the tenant is receiving Social Security, he or she is likely elderly and/or disabled - and many places have even more tenant protections in place for these classes of people.
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If the tenant has a written lease they stay as long as the lease says.

Once the lease expires it is most likely they could be removed but check as local law could say differently.

You can try to bribe them to leave. If you offer them enough money they may be happy to leave quickly. But if you offer them some money and they want to stay the lease is a legal document that sticks with the house regardless of whose name is on the deed.
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