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days from the date the judgment is entered bythe court. Once appealed, the case will be placed

on the court's next calendar for a non-jury hearing. If a jury trialis desired, it must be requested

within thirty (30) days from the filing of thppeal.

It is wise toonsult an attorney when

considering an appeal.

The court ruled for my landlord at our dispossessory hearing. How long do I have to move?

By ruling for your landlord, the court found thatyour landlord did have the legal right to

have you removed from the property. The courtmay also have entered a judgment that you owe

money

to

your

landlord.

The

money

judgmcean

be

enforced

by

garnishment

or

other

methods. The “writ of possession” issued by the cou t allows the landlord to have you and your

property removed from the rental unit. Yourlandlord cannot execute the writ; remove you from

the property, until the expiration of the seventh (7th) day after the judgment was entered or

longer if the court orders. Once judgment habeen entered, even if you pay the landlord the

money, you can still be removed from the property.

I disagree with the court's judgment that I owe my landlord money and that I have to move. What can I do?

A tenant has seven (7) days after the judg te is entered in a dpossessory to file an

appeal. The judgment is entered once it is filed with the court clerk. An appeal is filed in the

court, which entered the judgment b ing appealed. To file an appeal, the court costs must either

be paid or the court orders that you do not haveto pay the costs. If you cannot afford to pay the

court costs to file an appeal you can ask the court to waive payment by iling a paupers affidavit,

which is a request that you not have to pay the court costs. ehappeal once filed prevents the

judgment for possession from being executed.

Tenants must be aware that under Georglaw (O.C.G.A. § 44-7-56), if they wish to

continue to live in the unit whie the appeal is pending, they mustpay into court the amount of

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