Your rental apartment doesn’t have to be a palace. But it does need to meet certain minimum requirements under law for being habitable. What are these requirements and what are they called? Let’s see. Implied Warranty of Habitability Implied into almost all residential leases is a warranty by the landlord that the rental property will […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on A Brief Look at the Warranty of Habitability
If you are a landlord, you realize that despite your best efforts, sometimes you can end up in a heated dispute with your tenant(s). When this happens, it’s easy for tempers to rise and conflicts to escalate. To make matters worse, you could find yourself embroiled in litigation—never a pleasant thing. Here are 3 strategies […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on 3 Strategies For Working Out a Dispute With Your Tenant Without Losing
If you sign a lease with your landlord, you generally cannot legally break it without facing legal or financial consequences. Unless… You run into certain situations. Here are 2 of them. The Rental Unit Violates Health and Safety Codes or is Unsafe. Under Georgia law, landlords are required to provide housing that is fit and […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on 2 Legal Grounds for Breaking Your Lease in Georgia
Have you ever wondered what would happen if you let a friend stay in a home you own “just until [he] can find another place,” and several months later that person is still there? The answer depends on whether or not a landlord-tenant relationship has been created. Trespasser, Houseguest or Boarder? In most situations a […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Friends Who Overstay Their Welcome. Now What?
In almost all states, an implied warranty of habitability in a residential lease requires the landlord to maintain a “habitable” environment for the lessee. A tenant’s obligation to pay rent is generally conditioned on the landlord maintaining a suitable living environment. If a tenant’s living conditions fall below this threshold, he may be able to […]Continue Reading... Comments Off on Examining the Scope of an Implied Warranty of Habitability