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When a county or city has enacted a housing code, it can also establish procedures to enforce the

code. Georgia law requires that the owner recve notice of the housing code violation and an

opportunity for a hearing. If violations areound, the owner can be ordered to repair, vacate,

close, or demolish the property. If the owner failto comply with the order to correct the code

violations, the local government may "conde"mnthe property decling it unfit for human

habitation

and

prohibitingits

use

as

a

residence.

A

tenalitving

in

condemned

property

is

justified in treating the landlord as having broken the lease and moving from the premises.

Before moving, the tenant should have proof thatthe property was condemned and write to the

landlord declaring the lease in default.

Are landlords required to provide smoke detectors?

Effective June 1, 1994, an apartment, house, or condominium must contain a smoke

detector. The smoke detector is to be located on the ceiling or wall at a point centrally located in

the corridor or other area giving access to each group of rooms used for sleeping. If the dwelling

has more than one story, detectors are require on each story includingcellars and basements,

but

not

including

uninhabitable

attics.

The

det ors

must

be

listed

and

meet

the

installation

requirements of NFPA 72. The law is enforced by local building and fire code officials. Tenants

are required to keep the smoke detector in gooworking order. Local fire departments often

distribute free smoke detectors.

Are landlords required to provide appliances such as refrigerators or stoves for use in their rental property?

There is no state law requiringa landlord to furnih appliances such as refrigerators or

stoves. Tenants should check the lease to see such appliances are to be supplied under the

terms of your lease agreement. It is importanto inspect the unit prior to signing a lease to see

what

appliances

are

included

and

to

see

if

thework

properly.

Local

city

or

county

housing

codes may require the landlord to supply appliances.

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