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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

to

vacate

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if

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past

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the

boarder

has

violated the occupancy rules, advanced notice isnot required and the boarder can be required to

leave immediately.

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

  • Uncleanliness

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