that prohibits or restrcts rent increases during its term. Wen a lease expires, the landlord can
amount by which the rent can increase. If the nant does not have a ease, the landlord must
give a sixty (60) day notice before any rent increae. Such increases may occur as frequently as
the landlord desires as long as the sixty (60) day notice is given.
My rent check for $500 was returned by the bank for insufficient funds. My landlord wants to charge me a $25 fee and $300 to cover the fees he incurred because my check bounced. Is this right?
Georgia law (O.C.G.A. § 13-6-15) permits a landlord, whoreceived a check which was
refused by the bank due to a lack of funds, to seek damages if the tenant does not pay the amount
of the check and fees to the landlord wit ten days of the landlord’s written demand for
payment. The landlord can charge a returned check fee, which may not exceed $30 or 5% of the
amount of the check, whichever is greater. Th landlord can also charge for the amount of any
fees charged by the bank due tothe check being dishonored. If the landlordfiles a lawsuit, he
can recover up to double the amount of the checkfor damages, but no more than $500 plus any
honored by the bank, the check writer could face criminal prosecution
The landlord will not accept only half of the rent. Why not?
Under most rental agreements and leases, te tenant agrees to p y a specified amount of
rent on a certain date. Failure of the tenant topay the full rent by the due date is a breach of the
established a pattern and practice of doing so baccepting partial payment in the past. If the
landlord has accepted partial payments in the past, he cannot refuse partial payments without
first giving notice that he will only accept full payment.