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LANDLORD TENANT BASICS

What laws govern the landlord tenant relationship?

Georgia law does not regulatethe details of the landlord-t nant relationship but does set

forth the general rights and responsibilities of landlords and tents. The Georgia Legislature

passes laws, which govern the rental of residential rntal property in this state. These laws are

contained in the Official Code of Georgia, Ttle 44, Chapter 7. The Georgia Supreme Court and

the Georgia Court of Appeals decide cases that clarify how laws apply. Court decisions create a

second type of law: case law. A court deciding a landord tenant dispute looks at both the laws

contained in the Code and case law. Your public library may have copies of the Official Code of

Georgia and the decisions of the Georgia SupremeCourt and Court of Appeals. You can access

the

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Code

of

decisions

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internet

Georgia ts co through

awww.legis.state.ga.us.

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website www.gaappeals.us

access

and

www.gasupreme.us. You can also access information onlandlord tenant law and other housing

issues at www.legalaid-ga.org.

If you are a landlord or tenant, not participating in ral government-housing

program, there are only a few federal laws thatapply to you. Federal law requires a landlord to

notify renters of lead paint and to avoid discrmination in housing. Federal law also governs the

treatment of military service members and tenants lving in foreclosed properties. In addition to

federal and state law, the management of residential rental property is regulated by local housing

codes. A landlord should contat their local county commission orcity hall to find out if their

community has a housing code and how it is enforced.

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