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REPAIRS AND MAINTENANCE

My lease agreement says that the tenant is responsible for all repairs. I thought the landlord was responsible for repairs?

In all residential leases, the landlord has a speonsibility to keep the rental property in

good

repair.

The

lease

should

not

require

the

tnt ato

make

repairs

or

waive

the

landlord's

responsibility

for

maintainingthe

property.

Any

lease

prsion,

which

makes

the

tenant

responsible

for

repairs,

is

callengeable

under

Georgia

law.

The

landlord

is

responsible

for

maintaining the building structure and keeping op rational systems such as the electric, heating,

and plumbing. The landlord is so responsible for r pairing any appliances including heating

and air conditioning included in the rental unit. A landlord is further responsible for meeting all

local ordinances and minimum safety standards. The tenant should notbe charged for repairs

caused by ordinary wear and tear. Before a landlord can be required to make a repair, he must be

given

notice

of

the

defect.

The

tenant

sho give

the

landlord

written

dated

notice

of

the

problem needing repair. The tenant should keep a copy as a record of any such notice.

The landlord promised to replace the carpet before I moved in. I have been living here for three (3) months. Now the landlord says that there was no agreement to replace the carpet and that he does not intend to replace it. What can I do?

The landlord may be responsible for fulfilgina verbal promise t replace the carpet.

You would have to go to court, prove the proise was made, and ask the court to enforce the

promise. If there are no witnesses to the verbal agreement and the landlord denies it, your ability

to enforce the promise may depend on whether a judge believes you or your landlord. The better

way to handle this type of situation is to have awritten agreement of all promises to repair made

by the landlord at the time you mve in. The landlord will beless likely to deny making such

promises when they are in writing.

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