§ 27-27-10 Recovery for improvements made in good faith
§ 27-27-20 Determining value of improvements
§ 27-27-30 Proceedings subsequent to judgment to recover value of improvements
§ 27-27-40 Stay of judgment in first action; special verdict for betterments
§ 27-27-50 Judgment deemed equivalent to attachment; priority of liens
§ 27-27-60 Sale of lands; division of proceeds; payment in lieu of sale
§ 27-27-70 Alternative procedure by alleging value of improvement in answer
§ 27-27-80 Assessment of value of improvement; charge against land
§ 27-27-90 Recovery for mesne profits
§ 27-27-100 Chapter not applicable in certain cases

Terms Used In South Carolina Code > Title 27 > Chapter 27 - Betterments

  • Answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • Appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • Complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • Contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • Conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • Damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • Defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • Equitable: Pertaining to civil suits in "equity" rather than in "law." In English legal history, the courts of "law" could order the payment of damages and could afford no other remedy. See damages. A separate court of "equity" could order someone to do something or to cease to do something. See, e.g., injunction. In American jurisprudence, the federal courts have both legal and equitable power, but the distinction is still an important one. For example, a trial by jury is normally available in "law" cases but not in "equity" cases. Source: U.S. Courts
  • Fee simple: Absolute title to property with no limitations or restrictions regarding the person who may inherit it.
  • Felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • Guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • knowingly: means having general knowledge of the content of the subject material or performance, or failing after reasonable opportunity to exercise reasonable inspection which would have disclosed the character of the material or performance. See South Carolina Code 16-15-305
  • Lease: A contract transferring the use of property or occupancy of land, space, structures, or equipment in consideration of a payment (e.g., rent). Source: OCC
  • Lien: A claim against real or personal property in satisfaction of a debt.
  • Misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • patently offensive: means obviously and clearly disagreeable, objectionable, repugnant, displeasing, distasteful, or obnoxious to contemporary standards of decency and propriety within the community. See South Carolina Code 16-15-305
  • person: means any individual, corporation, partnership, association, firm, club, or other legal or commercial entity. See South Carolina Code 16-15-305
  • Plaintiff: The person who files the complaint in a civil lawsuit.
  • prurient interest: means a shameful or morbid interest in nudity, sex, or excretion and is reflective of an arousal of lewd and lascivious desires and thoughts. See South Carolina Code 16-15-305
  • Trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • Verdict: The decision of a petit jury or a judge.