What You Didn't Know About Georgia's Eviction Laws

Landlord Protection What You Didn't Know About Georgia's Eviction Laws

What Are the Eviction Laws in Georgia?

While , you call home, you may wonder if the landlord could ever "kick you out." Are you guaranteed the right to live there until the lease expires? Or are there situations in which you might be legally forced out? What if the owner attempts to evict you for reasons you do not think are fair?

Navigating and perhaps fighting the eviction laws of this state can be aggravating and difficult to attempt on your own – keep in mind that DoNotPay offers a simple, automated way to tackle this problem on your behalf.

How May a Tenant Be Legally Evicted in Georgia?

 someone for any of these reasons:

  • Failing to pay rent.
  • Purposely damaging property.
  • Staying in the rental after the lease has ended.
  • Violating the lease.

What Must a Landlord Do to Evict Someone?

A landlord must legally follow certain steps to begin the  – a tenant cannot simply be immediately kicked out without notice.

Demand Possession

To start an eviction, the landlord must demand possession by notifying the renter that

  1. Any owed rent must be paid by a certain date.
  2. The landlord may specify any date for this deadline
  3. Failure to submit payment will require the renter to move out

This demand does not need to be in written format, although most prefer writing as a form of notification proof.

Dispossessory Proceeding

Should the tenant fail to pay rent by the specified date; the owner may file a dispossessory proceeding with the State of Georgia or magistrate court. Once the renter has received notification of this proceeding, a 7-day time limit begins for the tenant to respond. Should the tenant answer the notification, the case will go to trial.

Writ of Possession

Should the tenant fails to respond within seven days, the landlord may apply for a Writ of Possession. This is a court order allowing the landlord to evict the renter. Once given the writ, the landlord must provide it to the Marshal's Department for delivery to the tenant.

Can I Fight Eviction in Georgia?

There are some methods for attempting to :

Landlord Use of Self-Help ProceduresTenants may not be evicted without a court order. If a landlord attempts eviction using any other means, it is illegal – shutting off utilities or changing locks, for example. These actions are known as "self-help" evictions and could result in the landlord owing monetary damages to the tenant. Refer to Illegal Eviction Procedures in Georgia for more information.
Landlord Evicted Tenant for Discriminatory ReasonsThe federal Fair Housing Act and the Georgia Fair Housing Act ensure that it is illegal for a landlord to discriminate against a tenant based on race, religion, gender, national origin, familial status (including children under the age of 18 and pregnant women), and disability. Review Housing Discrimination Prohibited by State and Local Law for more on these laws.
ResourcesThe State of Georgia provides eviction answers within its Georgia Landlord-Tenant Handbook. Georgia Legal Aid additionally offers eviction-related articles and pamphlets with more information for tenants. Those who live in federally-assisted housing may also use the tenant resource page.

Is There a Simpler Way to Handle a Possible Eviction?

Dealing with or fighting an eviction can be tedious and stressful. A handy alternative is DoNotPay. Our product can simplify the entire process, and we are confident you will find it to be:

  • Quick - You will not need to spend hours attempting to solve this problem.
  • Easy - No struggling to fill out long, tedious forms or keep track of multiple steps.
  • Successful - You may rest assured we will make the best case for you.

How to Provide Notice To a Landlord With Donotpay

DoNotPay is here to guide you through this hassle and file your disputes on your behalf. Our Landlord Protection product can help you resolve disputes with your landlord:

  1. Search for and open the Landlord Protection product on DoNotPay.

     

  2. Select which issue applies to you.

     

  3. Answer a simple set of questions so our chatbot can collect the necessary information to create your demand letter.

     

  4. Choose whether you want DoNotPay to send the demand letter to your landlord or roommate on your behalf. If you already tried sending a demand letter and it didn't work, we can help you start the small claims court process.

     

And that's it. You should hear back from your landlord directly once your demands are sent.

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