If you are not a tenant but a guest or boarder, yu have limited protection under the law. If the
hotel or boarding house owner wants a resident tomove, he need only give notice equal to the
time for which the occupancy is paid. For example if payment is made weekly, one-week notice
violated the occupancy rules, advanced notice isnot required and the boarder can be required to
Is the landlord responsible for maintaining rental property and complying with local housing codes?
Yes. Many communities havelocal housing codes. These codes are local ordinances or
laws that require owners of real property, including landlords, to maintain the property and make
any necessary repairs. These codes typically req ire that residential property meet the minimum
standards established in the code. The landlord' responsibility is not only to deliver the rental
property to the tenant in compliance with the housing codes but also to maintain compliance with
the housing codes throughout the lease term.
I own rental property. I have been notified that the county government has declared my property unfit for occupancy. What does this mean?
Georgia law gives county and city governmentthe authority to order repairs, close, or
demolish structures which are unfit for human ha itation and dangerous or detrimental to health
and safety. The county or citgovernment may exercise thisauthority by establishing local
ordinances. You should contact the county or city government for a copy of their housing code.
Georgia law recognizes the following conditions as threatening health and safety:
Defects which increase the hazard of fire, accidents, or other calamities
Lack of adequate ventilation, light or sanitary facilities
Disrepair and structural defects