INTRODUCTION

This booklet is designed to answer common residential landlord-tenant questions. The booklet presents basic landlord-tenant law using accessible language and format. The information in this handbook cannot take the place of professional legal advice. Because the circumstances of each case will be different, the answers are given in general terms. While this publication should be helpful to both landlords and tenants, it should not be used as a substitute for legal representation. Both landlords and tenants should seek legal counsel when needed.

This booklet contains information on Georgia landlord-tenant law as of March 1998 and, as such, may not reflect the current status of Georgia landlord-tenant law. Before relying on the information in this Handbook, the underlying law should be independently researched and analyzed in light of your specific problem and facts. Your public library may have copies of the Official Code of Georgia and, if not, may be able to provide you with where to find such material in your community.

In Georgia, landlord-tenant rights and responsibilities are generally enforced through the courts. There is not an agency which has the power to intervene in a dispute between a landlord and tenant to force one or the other party to behave in any particular manner.

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs contracts with the Georgia Legal Services Program to operate a Landlord-Tenant Hotline which provides general information, simple advice and referrals to callers with residential landlord-tenant questions. This service is available to all Georgians. The Landlord-Tenant Hotline is not a regulatory agency. It does not provide direct intervention or enforcement activity. Nor does it take complaints regarding landlord-tenant disputes.