In South Carolina, a landlord has 30 days from termination of tenancy to return a tenant’s security deposit.
If the landlord has made any deductions from the security deposit, he or she must also include a written itemized statement stating the reason for the deduction, the amount that has been deducted, and any additional money owed if the security deposit is not enough to cover the amount owed.
The tenant must supply the landlord with their new address in writing. The landlord must send the security deposit and the written itemized statement, if necessary, to the forwarding address that has been supplied by the tenant. If the tenant has not supplied the landlord with a new forwarding address, the landlord must send the deposit to the last known address of the tenant.
If a landlord fails to return the money owed to the tenant within this 30-day period, the tenant may be entitled to up to three times the amount that was wrongfully withheld plus attorney fees.
To recover, they would likely have to sue in small claims court, to get the deposit back and the damages, which they are entitled to.