landlord. In this sitution the tenants are consiered to have abandoned the rental unit. Often
tenants will leave personal items in the unit when they leave. A landlord must be cautious in
declaring rental property abandoned and taking possession. If a landlord mistakenly declares the
unit to be abandoned and removes the tenant's poperty, the landlord may be held liable for the
valuable to the landlord, the tenant may considerit to be very valuable and could sue to recover
for its loss. A landlord should not consider pr erty abandoned while rent on the unit is paid.
The landlord should also determine if the tenant isstill paying to have utilities furnished to the
dispossessory affidavit and obtain a court order f r possession of the property. This will protect
the landlord from liability if the tenant claims they had not abandoned the unit and their personal
items. If the landlord does remove the tenant’sproperty without a court order, it is a good idea
for the landlord to take pictures of the property disposed of in case the tenant raises a claim
against the landlord.
I do not have the money to pay my rent. My landlord says my furniture will be placed on the street if I don't pay the rent by the due date. Can my landlord do this?
dispossessory proceeding can be brought by the landlord that could result in your being evicted.
A sheriff, marshal, or constabe would then remove your propertyfrom the premises, if a court
has ordered that they may do so. Your landlor cannot file a dispossessory for nonpayment of
rent until the rent is past due.
My landlord removed all my possessions and changed the locks on the apartment. He did not give me any warning or go through the courts to evict me. What can I do?
Self help evictions, including changing the locks, are illegal in Georgia. You may file a