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Can you share with me why you do not want to move in now?
Did you sign a lease or was this a verbal agreement?
Thank you. If there was an agreement to rent, month to month, and now you do not want to move in and take possession, the landlord could try and hold the deposit and not return it, for damages suffered. In SC, a 30 day notice would need to be given to end a tenancy. In this case, the landlord can keep the money and impose the damages/lost, for terminating the lease, without the proper notice. Moreover, they can try and argue that they lost another potential tenant, over that 6 day period of time and now have to try and find someone new, prior to the start of the lease. If they CAN find someone or you can bring them someone, then they suffered no damages or loss and you could be entitled to your deposit back, since they would need to mitigate damages.
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