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