1976 South Carolina Code of Laws
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Title 27 - Property and Conveyances



SECTION 27-1-10. Real estate made liable for debts, duties and demands.

Houses, lands and other hereditaments and real estate situated or being within this State, belonging to any person indebted, (a) shall be liable to and chargeable with all just debts, duties and demands, of whatever nature or kind soever, owing by any such person, (b) shall and may be assets for the satisfaction thereof and (c) shall be subject to the like remedies, proceedings and process as personal estates.

SECTION 27-1-15. Recovery of attorney fees and interest on claims for improvement of real estate.

Whenever a contractor, laborer, design professional, or materials supplier has expended labor, services, or materials under contract for the improvement of real property, and where due and just demand has been made by certified or registered mail for payment for the labor, services, or materials under the terms of any regulation, undertaking, or statute, it is the duty of the person upon whom the claim is made to make a reasonable and fair investigation of the merits of the claim and to pay it, or whatever portion of it is determined as valid, within forty-five days from the date of mailing the demand. If the person fails to make a fair investigation or otherwise unreasonably refuses to pay the claim or proper portion, he is liable for reasonable attorney's fees and interest at the judgment rate from the date of the demand.

SECTION 27-1-20. Surveyors appointed where title to lands shall be in dispute.

If any cause be pending in any circuit court or within its jurisdiction wherein the title or boundaries of lands shall be brought into dispute, the judge of the court shall appoint surveyors at the nomination of the parties, to survey such lands, at the charge of such parties, and to return such survey, on oath, at the next sitting of the court.

SECTION 27-1-30. Surveyors appointed where title to lands shall be in dispute; nomination by court.

In case either of the parties shall refuse to nominate a surveyor duly sworn and qualified, the court shall proceed to nominate two or more such surveyors, as it shall think fit, in order for the better finding out and discovering the truth of the matter in difference. If the court shall acquiesce in the return of the surveyors so given in on oath as aforesaid it shall be allowed as evidence.

SECTION 27-1-40. Party walls in cities and towns.

Every person who shall erect in a city or town any building with brick shall have liberty to set half his partition wall on his next neighbor's ground, providing he leave a toothing in the corner of such wall for his neighbor to adjoin unto.

SECTION 27-1-50. Party walls in cities and towns; expense.

When the owner of such adjoining land shall build, he shall pay for one half of such partition wall, so far as he makes use of it.

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