You are here

COVID-19 Information for South Dakota

The purpose of this page is to provide apartment industry professionals with an overview of the issues affecting our industry with regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. The page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This resource is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.

State and Local Affiliates

Please remember to use your state or local apartment association as the primary resource for the most up-to-date information on your responsibilities. Find your local affiliate.

State Legal and Regulatory Information

We highly suggest you contact a local attorney before you decide to initiate an eviction action against a resident in the current environment as overlaying federal, state and county laws or restrictions on the judicial process may apply. This includes: issuing a notice to vacate, initiating any eviction-related action, or assessing fees or penalties on residents for nonpayment of rent or other lease violations. In addition to the below, you can access NAA's statutory information on late fees, eviction laws and other policy issues.

Reopening Order

Capacity restrictions and closures have been lifted on the majority of South Dakota businesses.

Face Mask Mandate

South Dakota has not mandated the wearing of face masks. 

State of Emergency 

Governor Kristi Noem declared a state of emergency on March 13th.


Status: Local Court Discretion

Supreme Court Order

  • Action: The Supreme Court of the State of South Dakota declared a judicial emergency and authorized circuit courts to adopt, modify or suspend court rules to prevent the spread of COVID-19. None of the circuit court orders suspend evictions or civil proceedings generally. The Governor has explicitly stated that she will not consider an eviction or utility shutoff moratorium.

Rent Freeze

No rent freeze is in effect at the state or local level. Local rent regulation is preempted by South Dakota Code: §6-1-13.

Price-Gouging Law

South Dakota does not have statutory language regulating price gouging during declarations of emergency.

Local Legal and Regulatory Information

Beadle County

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

Beadle County (which includes Huron), has established a COVID-19 Rental Fund available to those living or working in Beadle County.

Sioux Falls

Rental Assistance/Housing Provider Assistance

Per South Dakota Multi-Housing Association, the City has a fund with over $3.1 million and 1,000 applications have been submitted for April. It is available to those living in Lincoln, Minnehaha, McCook and Turner Counties.