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
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,
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
codes may require the landlord to supply appliances.