intent to dispose of the personal property. Sch notice may be by personal service, service by
certified mail, or statutory overnight delivery. If the personal property is not redeemed within
thirty (30) days from the date of the first notice, a second notice should be sent in the same
manner. If the personal property is not redeemewithin thirty (30) days from the date of the
determine how to claim your personal property.
I own a lot on which my tenant placed a mobile home. My tenant has stopped paying the lot rent. It looks like they have moved. What do I do about the mobile home they left on my lot?
Georgia law (O.C.G.A. §40-11-1) definwhen a mobile home can be considered
property for a period of not less t an thirty (30) days without anyone making a claim to it. The
best advice is to first file a dispossessory affidavit before treating the mobile home as abandoned.
Lead Paint and Environmental Issues
Must a landlord inform tenants that rental property contains lead-based paint? Yes, most property owners who rent residntial property built before 1978 must disclose
the presence of all known lead-based paint and lead hazards in the rental unit and common areas.
If the rental property has been found to be freeof lead-based paint by a state-certified inspector,
the landlord does not need to comply with these r quirements. The law applies to all residential
rental units except housing units such as lofts, studios, or short-term leases of less than 100 days.
A violation of the law r quiring disclosure does not invalidate thelease. If the landlord fails to
disclose the presence of lead paint or lead hards and a tenant suffers damage from lead, the
tenant may be able to recover triple the amountof their actual damage. A landlord who fails to
comply with the law may also be subject to civil or criminal penalties. For more information on
the lead paint disclosure rule gowww.hud.gov/offices/lead/healthyhomes/lead.cfm or
www.epa.gov/lead/index.html. You can also call the National Lead Information Clearinghouse