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I am a landlord and my tenant is moving out. What do I need to do at the end of the tenancy?

Within three (3) business days after thenant vacates, or a reasonable time after the

landlord discovers the tenant vac ted, the landlord must inspect t e unit and prepare a list of all

damages

and

the

estimated

dollar

value

of

suc damage.

The

landlord

must

sign

the

list

and

provide it to the tenant. The tenant is entitleto inspect the premises within five (5) business

days after the termination of their occupancy. The tenant mustsign the move-out inspection list

or specify in writing the items in dispute. It is best for the tenant to schedule to be present at the

move-out inspection with the landlord. If the tenant does not spute or challenge the damage

listed on the move-out inspection, the tenant nnot contest the landlord’s withholding of the

security deposit to cover the damage. It is very important for a tenant to carefully read the move-

out inspection report.

The move-out inspection requirement appliesto landlords who owns more than ten (10)

rental

units,

including

units

owned

by r

t spiouse

and/or

children,

or

who

employ

management agent regardless of the number of uits owned. A landlord overed by this law is

not allowed to keep the security deposit if he failed to perform the required move-out inspection.

Under Georgia law (O.C.G.A. §44-7-36), landlordswho own fewer than ten (10) units and who

manage the units themselves are not required tofollow the inspection procedures but may find it

helpful in establishing repair needs and responsibilities.

My tenants moved out without giving me their new address. How do I return the security deposit?

The security deposit and any statement, which accompanies it, must be mailed to the last

known

address

of

the

tenant

even

if

that

is

vacated

rental

property.

If

it

is

returned

as

undeliverable and the landlord is unable to locate the tenant after a reasonable effort, the security

deposit becomes the property of the landlord ninety (90) days after it was mailed.

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