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the landlord can file s it against the tenant seeking to recover the amount spent on repairs. The

landlord would need to comply with the requirements of the Georgia Security Deposit Act.

There is a tree on the property I am renting. I would like to cut it down because I fear it might fall on my home. Can I cut down the tree?

A tenant does not have the right toorcudestroy growing trees or make similar

permanent changes to the property. A tenant hasa right to use and enjoy the rental property but

not to make changes in the proerty. You should contact your landlor informing him of your

concerns about the tree, the d nger you believe it poses, and the ation you wish him to take. If

the landlord fails to repair a dangerous condition, he may be held responsible for any damages,

which result from the failure to remedy the problem.

My personal property was damaged by a fire that started in a vacant apartment next door. The fire department states the fire was caused by an electrical shortage. Can the landlord be held responsible?

Most leases state that the landlord is not sponsible for loss or damage to the tenant's

personal property. Despite this lease language, acourt may hold the landlord responsible if the

loss

or

damage

was

caused

by

the

landnegligence.

A

tenant

should

first

seek

reimbursement for lost or damagd property by writing to the proprty manager. If that is not

successful,

write

to

the

property

owner.

I ou

are

not

reimbursed

and

feel

your

landlord

is

responsible, you should talk with anattorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, you can file a

claim against your landlord in the magistrate court where he lives.

The pipes in my apartment froze and when they melted they leaked. Who is responsible for the damage to the pipes and damage to my property?

If your water pipes freeze, then burst, your landlord most likely will not be responsible

for

the

damage

to

your

personal

property.

Thendlord

must

repair

the

water

damage

to

the

apartment. You need to read your lease carefully.Most leases state thatthe tenant must take

steps to keep pipes from freezingin winter, such as keeping the apartment heated or the water

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