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I paid the rent on the fifth of the month. The manager charged me a $15.00 late fee. Is there a grace period under Georgia law?

The date the rent is due hould be stated in the lease oragreed upon by the landlord and

tenant. There is no law, which specifies angrace period or designatesa due date. Rather, a

grace period is a matter of agreement between the landlord and tenant. A grace period allows the

tenant extra time in which to pay the rent withot breaching the lease or rental agreement. The

landlord and tenant may agree to any grace period they choose or they can agree not to have a

grace

period.

In

addition,

a

grace

period

may

created

based

on

the

landlord's

conduct

of

accepting late rent over the course of several months without charging a penalty. If a tenant fails

to pay the rent by the required date, includin the time allowed for a grace period, the landlord

may charge a late fee if the latefee is provided for in the lease. If the lease does not allow for a

late fee, the landlord is not allowed to impose sucha fee. The amount of the late fee will be the

amount agreed upon by the landlord and tenant in the lease itself.

I went to pay my rent today but my landlord refused to accept my payment. What happens now?

It is important that you have evidence to pove that your landlord refused your rent when

you

offered

it

to

him

when

it

was

due.

If

landlord

refuses

yourrent,

he

cannot

file

a

dispossessory against you for nonpayment. If the landlord does ile a dispossessory against you,

you will need to file an answer explaining to thecourt that you offered the full rent payment but

it was refused. This does not apply if your rent w s late when you offered it to the landlord or if

you offered your landlord less than the full amount owed.

I recently moved in and offered my landlord the rent using a check but he said I would have to pay the rent in cash. Can my landlord require that I pay the rent in cash?

The language of the lease should state the forin which the rent i to be paid to the

landlord. If the lease does not state that rent canbe paid by check, the landlord can require that

you make payment in cash.

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