structure you rent but that policy does not potect your personal property. In addition, you have
potential legal liability if someone is injured in the apart ent, even if you are not the property
owner. Many insurance policies for renters also provide liability cov ge, which protects the
tenant if someone is accidentally injured in the rental unit. There is no law that requires tenants
to purchase renter’s insurance but a landlord is not prohibited from requiring tenants to purchase
tenant is required to have.
Do landlords have to reveal to possible tenant that a murder occurred in the apartment? Does the landlord have to notify other residents if he rents a unit to a convicted child molester?
Owners and their agents are required to respond truthfully if they are asked direct
questions about the property'spast. Georgia law (O.C.G.A.§ 41-16) directs owners, or an
owner's agent, in a real estatetransaction to answer truthfullyto the best of their knowledge if
asked about the property's prior occupancy by a diseased person or whether the property was the
site of a homicide, felony, suicide, or a death byaccidental or natural causes. If answering such
questions would disclose information that is prohibited from release under state or federal law,
the landlord may not answer. No legal cause of action is creaed by the failure to disclose such
local sheriff make that information public. It is the sheriff's duty to maintain a public registry of
Investigations website at http://bit.ly/gbiList
I own rental property located near a creek which floods. Occasionally the floodwaters reach my rental property. Do I need to notify my tenants about the possibility of flooding?
Yes, Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 44-7-20) requires that owners notify possible tenants, prior
to the signing of the lease, if the property has a propensity for flooding. If flooding has damaged
any portion of the rented living space thrtimes during the preceding five-year period, the
owner must give the tenant written notice that the apartment isprone to flooding before the lease