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
Georgia ts co through
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.