The eviction process in Georgia has some unique features that could make it easier for landlords to eviction tenant for the nonpayment of rent.
However, at no time are landlord allowed to use self-eviction. The landlord cannot remove the tenant’s personal belongings, threaten the tenant, shut off the utilities, or lock the tenant out of the unit. The landlord could face criminal charges and be liable to pay the tenant for damages if this occurs.
When the lease ends, or if the lease is a month-to-month, the Georgia removal notice is 30-days to the tenant without the landlord needing to recognize any explanation behind the expulsion so long as it is not for a biased or retaliatory reason.
In the situation of nonpayment of rent or if there a material noncompliance of the rental agreement, the landlord must request the tenant pay the rent that is due, comply with the rental agreement, or they will have a vacate the unit by a specified date.
The Georgia eviction process does not obligate that the eviction notice be in writing, but generally that is the most effective way. Georgia law does not require a time limit the landowner must give the tenant to comply with the rental agreement, unless it is specified in the lease.
If the tenant does not go along, then the landowner needs to go to court to acquire a dispossessory warrant or oath.
A warrant must be served on the tenant by the sheriff or police. If it cannot be served in person, the warrant may be mailed or posted on unit.
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