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that prohibits or restrcts rent increases during its term. Wen a lease expires, the landlord can

offer

a

new

lease

at

an

increased

rent

witt oprior

notice.

Georgia

law

does

not

limit

the

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

court

costs.

Additionally,

if

the

check

was

written

with

the

knowledge

that

it

would

not

be

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

lease.

The

landlord

is

not

required

to

acconly

part

of

the

rent

unless

the

landlord

has

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.

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