ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

 

LEGAL ASSISTANCE

Free or reduced cost legal assistance for low income persons is available through either the Atlanta Legal Aid Society or Georgia Legal Services Program.

Persons who live in Clayton, Cobb, DeKalb, Fulton, and Gwinnett Counties should contact the appropriate Atlanta Legal Aid Office:

DOWNTOWN ATLANTA OFFICE

151 Spring Street, N.W.

Atlanta, GA 30303-2097

(404) 524-5811

COBB COUNTY OFFICE

32 Waddell Street

Marietta, GA 30090-2900

(404) 528-2565

DEKALB GWINNETT CLAYTON COUNTY OFFICE

246 Sycamore Street, Suite 120

Decatur, GA 30030-5434

(404) 377-0701

Persons who live in other counties should contact the Georgia Legal Services Program office nearest them.

ALBANY

111 West Oglethorpe Boulevard

Albany, GA 31701

(912) 430-4261 (800) 735-4271

 

BRUNSWICK

The United Way Building

1311 Union Street

Brunswick, GA 31520

(912) 264-7301

 

AUGUSTA

811 Telfair Street, Suite 202

Augusta, GA 30901

(706) 721-2327 (800) 248-6697

 

DALTON

107 King Street

Dalton, GA 30720

(800) 822-5391

 

COLUMBUS

1214 First Avenue

Columbus, GA 31902

(706) 649-7493 (800) 533-3140

 

MACON

111 Third Street, 2nd Floor

Macon, GA 31201

(912) 751-6261 (800) 560-2855

GAINESVILLE

1276 Jesse Jewel Parkway

P. O. Drawer 1337

Gainesville, GA 30503

(770) 535-5717 (800) 745-5717

SAVANNAH

10 Whitaker Street

Savannah, GA 31401

(912) 651-2180 (888) 220-8399

PIEDMONT

1100 Spring Street, Suite 200-B

Atlanta, GA 30309

(404) 894-7707 (800) 822-5391

VALDOSTA

114 North Toombs Street

Valdosta, GA 31601

(912) 333-5232

(888) 546-5232

TIFTON

Migrant Farm Workers Project

P. O. Box 1669 Tifton, GA 31793

(912) 386-3566 (800) 537-7496

WAYCROSS

1057 Grove Avenue

Waycross, GA 31501

(912) 285-6181 (800) 498-9508

If you do not qualify for free legal assistance or wish to engage a private attorney of your own choosing but do not have one, the following organizations can assist with a referral.

Atlanta Bar Association

Lawyer's Referral Service

100 Peachtree Street, N.W.

Equitable Building, Suite 2500

Atlanta, GA 30303

(404) 521-0777

 

State Bar of Georgia

800 The Hurt Building

50 Hurt Plaza

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

404-527-8700

800-334-6865

 

COMPLAINT REGISTRY

 

The Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA) is Georgia's consumer protection agency. OCA offers a complaint registry service. When filing a complaint, include: a) your full name, address and telephone number; the name, address and telephone number of the business (if known); and the person with whom you dealt, b) a detailed explanation of your complaint, c) an account of any action that has been taken, e.g., hiring an attorney, and d) copies of contracts, receipts, cancelled checks, or other documents which pertain to the complaint.

 

Governor's Office of Consumer Affairs

2 Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive

Plaza Level, East Tower

Room 356

Atlanta, Georgia 30334

(404) 656-1760

(800) 869-1123

 

If you are a public housing tenant with a complaint, you should contact the public housing authority which owns your unit. Or, you can contact:

 

Georgia Public Housing Division

U.S. Department of HUD

Richard Russell Federal Building

75 Spring Street, S.W., Room 262

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

(404) 331-4492

 

HUD Subsidy Rental Properties

(404) 331-1798

 

MEDIATION & ARBITRATION

 

The mediation and arbitration process allows two parties who are in disagreement over an issue the opportunity to meet with a neutral third party who tries to assist the two parties in arriving at a resolution that is mutually acceptable to both parties. If this process is not successful in arriving at a resolution the two parties in the dispute still retain their right to pursue other legal alternatives to the issue in dispute. In order to pursue the mediation and arbitration process, both parties must agree to use this process. The agencies listed below provide mediation and arbitration services. In the Atlanta area contact the following for the mediation of disputes between landlords and tenants as a way to avoid a possible court case.

 

Better Business Bureau of Metro Atlanta

100 Edgewood Avenue

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

(404) 688-4910

 

Justice Center of Atlanta

976 Edgewood Avenue, NE

Atlanta, Georgia 30307

(404) 523-8236

 

INFORMATION ON REAL ESTATE & REAL PROPERTY

 

If you are interested in becoming a landlord or finding assistance in managing rental property which you own, these organizations may be able to help.

 

Georgia Apartment Association

8601 Dunwoody Place, Suite 318

Atlanta, Georgia 30350

(770) 518-4248

 

Georgia Real Estate Commission

148 International Boulevard, N.E.

Suite 500

Atlanta, Georgia 30303

(404) 656-3916

 

Georgia Association of Realtors

3200 Presidential Drive

Atlanta, Georgia 30340

(770) 451-1831