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Are verbal agreements binding in South Dakota

Centerville, SD |

Are gentleman, handshake and/or verbal agreements binding in the state of South Dakota?

Attorney Answers 1


  1. You posted your question under the topic of "rental questions." Generally, there is no law against verbal agreements for residential property rentals, although a written agreement is desireable as it will spell out the terms clearly to everyone involved, and will protect the renter if the landlord sells the property or switches property managers, and it will protect the landlord against unwanted subtenants, or other complications.