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comply

with

the

no

pet

rule

in

your

lease.

If

you

fail

to

remove

the

pet,

the

landlord

terminate your lease and seek to evict you. If your landlord had agreed in writing to allow you to

keep the dog and waive the no petlease term, he would not be ableto later change his mind and

ask you to remove the dog

I have lived in my unit for two months. Today my landlord told me my girlfriend was visiting too often and that she could no longer come to my unit. Can my landlord do this?

A landlord cannot limit a tenant’s visitounless they are distubing other tenants or

violating the terms of the lease. However, a tenant should be careful not to allow a visitor to stay

overnight too many times in a row because it mappear to the landlord that the visitor has

moved into the unit, which might bea violation of the lease. It isbest to talk with your landlord

about why he objects to your girlfriend’s visits. If your landlordis objecting to your girlfriend’s

visits because he is prejudiced due to her race,color, religion, sex, national origin, family status,

or disability that is discrimination and violates the Fair Housing Act.

LEASE TERMINATION AND RENEWAL

Is there a seventy-two (72) hour period after signing a lease during which the landlord or tenant can change their mind and get out of the lease?

No, there is not a "cooling off" period Georgia, which would enable you to change

your mind after signing a lease. If you decide noto move into the unit ater signing the lease,

the landlord may impose early termination penalties against you.

The apartment complex where I live changed owners last month. The new owners have notified all tenants that the old leases are cancelled and have given us new leases to sign within thirty (30) days or vacate. The new leases have higher rents and different rules. I had five more months on my old lease. Can the new owners do this?

Generally, a person who buys rntal property does so subjectto any existing leases with

current tenants. This means that the new owner, who purchased your rental property, must abide

by your lease's terms. Any change or modification to the existing lease, which the new owner

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