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Georgia Eviction Procedures Guide

Read this Georgia Eviction Procedures guide to get familiar with the basic information on eviction procedures and on how to proceed with an eviction in Georgia.

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Georgia Eviction Procedures Guide

Last Modified 1/8/2016

This reference-only document provides the landlord with basic information regarding eviction proceedings.

Who: Landlords may find this document useful prior to filing for an eviction. Anyone managing a property, whether that’s an apartment complex or other multifamily property, or a single-family home used as a rental property, should be familiar with the basic rules, regulations and laws governing the entire eviction process in the state of Georgia.

What: A reference document only, filled with basic information regarding eviction proceedings. It walks landlords through the entire eviction process, beginning with the initial demand that the tenant vacates the property, to filing for a dispossessory warrant with the court. It sums up how the sheriff’s office will serve the summons (which requires the tenant to respond in court within 7 business days), as well as what you (the landlord) can expect if the tenant answers the summons or doesn’t answer the summons.

It also provides an overview of what will occur if the court finds in your favor and orders the tenant to vacate, as well as what you might expect in terms of back rent or other debt on the part of the tenant.

When: It’s beneficial to become familiar with eviction procedures as soon as you get involved with property management. You should also make sure you’re familiar with the language used in your lease agreement with the tenant, as this will be the basis for the court’s decision in many instances. For example, if you don’t spell out the repercussions have having other people living in the property who are not on the lease, the court may not decide in your favor.

Tips and Tricks for Landlords: Familiarize yourself with these rules, regulations and laws immediately on becoming involved with property management. It’s also important that you learn your county’s specific laws or regulations regarding eviction (most counties follow the overall state laws in Georgia, but some may have additional stipulations or requirements that add to (not take away from) the state’s laws.

It might be wise to hire an attorney with significant experience in real estate law and/or the intricacies of property management in Georgia.

Note that this document is only for reference purposes. You need to check with your county’s court to obtain the actual documents necessary, as well as to determine if there are any additional steps required in addition to or in lieu of those outlined in the guide.

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