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rent found due by the trial court. If the tenantcannot afford to pay the rent the court found due,

the tenant can still file an appeal but will have to vacate the rental unit. The court may also order

the tenant to pay into court thefuture rent as it comes due whilethe appeal is pending. If the

tenant fails to pay, the court will order that the tenant be removed from the property.

I was served with a dispossessory warrant by tack and mail service. I was out of town for two weeks due to a death in the family. I did not receive notice of the dispossessory in time to file an answer. I have not been removed from the unit yet. What can I do?

You will need to contact the court in whichthe dispossessory was filed and file a motion

to set aside the judgment againstyou. If you can afford to hirean attorney, you should do so.

You need to explain to the court why you did nofile an answer and hy your landlord should

not

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evt c you.

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preventing your landlord from removing you from the rental property, until after a court hearing.

In extraordinary cases to ensure justice, the curt can issue an order sopping your eviction. If

granted such an order, you will need to give a copy of the order to your landlord and keep a copy

with an adult living in the unit, in case the sheriff comes to remove your property.

My tenant did not file an answer to the dispossessory even though she was personally served. The court gave me a writ of possession. My tenant is now saying she is going to file an appeal.

When a tenant fails to file an answer ina dispossessory action, the court enters a default

judgment against the tenant. This judgment gives the landlord the right to takepossession of the

rental unit and may include a money judgment agnst the tenant. A tenant in Georgia cannot

appeal a default judgment. To be careful, the l ndlord should call the clerk of the court to see if

any new legal action or appeal has been filed before removing the tenant.

The court awarded me a money judgment against my landlord. How do I collect the money?

In many cases collecting the court award ismore difficult than proving the case in court.

A judgment granting a party a money judgment gives that party the rigto collect the money

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