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Hello,Yes, if a tenant does not leave after receiving a notice to quit, then they cannot simply put you out. They would have to file a lawsuit for eviction (which you would have the opportunity to respond to and there would be a court hearing) and get a court order to evict you first.
Not legal for them to lock you out, correct. That would be the use of "self-help" and isn't legal. You could sue them for damages incurred. I'd even suggest you call the police if they try to lock you out.
You may have grounds to dispute the notice too -since they have to give you more than 24 hours in a notice to quit (I believe the minimum is 5 days in South Carolina).
Sure you can.
You can send it as an attachment.
I doubt they would have a sheriff with them -and if they did, an officer should know that they need a writ of possession to evict you.. You have a right to privacy and they cannot simply open your door.
Your screen looks different than mine --but there should be a paperclip icon where you can attach a file?
Well, it's full of typos, but it does state that if you don't vacate within 14 days that the landlord will take legal action. In other words, whether they recognize it or not, they cannot use self-help and just lock you out.