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  • 2 Legal Grounds for Breaking Your Lease in Georgia

    Posted on January 8, 2019 by admin in Real Estate Law.

    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 […]

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  • Including Roommates on Your Lease

    Posted on November 29, 2018 by admin in Real Estate Law.

    If you decide midway through your lease that you would like to add a roommate or co-tenant, it is important to understand your rights and responsibilities in this new arrangement. You will need to get the landlord’s approval to add another tenant. You must check the lease to ensure that adding a roommate does not […]

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  • Tenant’s Right to Repair and Deduct

    Posted on November 2, 2018 by admin in Real Estate Law.

    When a landlord refuses to make necessary repairs to a tenant’s unit, a tenant has several options. One of these actions, referred to as “repair and deduct,” allows the tenant to hire a third party to complete the repair and deduct the cost from the rent due to the landlord. However, the tenant should ensure […]

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  • When Can a Landlord Keep Your Security Deposit?

    Posted on July 18, 2018 by admin in Real Estate Law.

    A tenant who expects to get back his security deposit must abide by the terms of the lease. Each state has specific rules, for collecting, holding and returning security deposits to the tenant. In Georgia, if the landlord does not return the security deposit in full, then he is required to provide an itemized list […]

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  • The Rules on Rental Payments in Georgia

    Posted on December 4, 2017 by admin in Landlord Tenant.

    The lease sets forth the important terms of the relationship between the landlord and tenant, including how and when the rent is to be paid. Georgia statutes also contain certain rules pertaining to rental payments. The following describes the rent provisions that are governed by the parties through lease and those that are mandated by […]

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  • Landlord’s and Tenant’s Rights and Responsibilities Upon Expiration of a Lease

    Posted on November 26, 2017 by admin in Landlord Tenant.

    Lease terms for most residential leases typically expire after one year. Once the lease expires, both the tenant and landlord have certain obligations and rights, which are set forth in state laws. It is critical for both parties to understand the legal results of a lease expiration so they can explore their alternatives. After the […]

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  • Preparing Your Move-in and Move-Out Inspection List in a Rental Property

    Posted on July 2, 2017 by admin in Landlord Tenant, Renter agreements.

    When a tenant moves into or out of a rental property, state law requires that the landlord and tenant perform certain actions with respect to inspection and maintenance of the premises. These actions are required prior to accepting a security deposit and upon return of the funds to the tenant. If the landlord fails to […]

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  • Tenant Defenses and Claims Upon Eviction

    Posted on June 29, 2017 by admin in Landlord Tenant.

    When a landlord has initiated eviction proceedings against a tenant, the tenant may present defenses and counterclaims to dispute the eviction. There are a number of substantive and technical defenses described below that the tenant can include in his answer to be filed with the court. Nonpayment of rent.  The tenant has several means of […]

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  • Leasing Issues for Commercial Properties

    Posted on June 28, 2017 by admin in Commercial Real Estate.

    The terms of a commercial lease are generally governed by the agreement between the lessor and the lessee. There are almost no legal protections or requirements provided under state law for commercial tenants. A lease may terminate either according to its own terms, through an eviction proceeding or through abandonment by the tenant. While the […]

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  • Legal Rights of Tenants vs. Boarders

    Posted on May 30, 2017 by admin in Real Estate Law.

    All states provide legal protections to tenants who lease residential property. However, the scope and extent of that protection varies depending upon the status of the occupier. A tenant is an individual who has the exclusive right to use a certain property in exchange for rental payments to the landlord or property owner. This right […]

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