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Many reasons may arise that cause a landlord to evict a tenant, or lessee. Landlords may wish to evict due to late rent, breaches in the lease agreement, criminal activity or other reasons. Landlords must legally terminate tenancy, this involves giving an appropriate and correct preliminary notice, according to state law.

  1. Serve the tenant with the correct notice of eviction
  2. File with the court and establish when the eviction process will begin, this depends on the rationale behind eviction. Usually 3-4 days are given for nonpayment of rent or criminal activity, and 30-60 days are given to tenants who are not renewing a lease or are simply being asked to vacate the premises.
  3. Defaults and hearings, if applicable
  4. The actual eviction procedure can begin

Negative Impacts on Eviction Cases

When individuals attempt to evict lessees on their own, they can make a number of mistakes. This is why it is important to have an experienced lawyer represent you. Common mistakes lessors make include:

  • Accepting money from a tenant, partial or full, after an eviction notice is given

  • Entering a property without giving a 24 hour notice

  • Not repairing faulty property or equipment, even after an eviction

  • Turning off utilities if they are in the property-owner’s name

  • Re-serving eviction notices, which will replace the prior given notice with a new date

If a lessor has done any of these things, it will negatively impact your case. Tenants will in turn have a stronger defense against your eviction case, and often the case can be thrown out.

Work with a Knowledgeable Evictions Attorney

Richard B. Maner, P.C. knows eviction law in Georgia and will work attentively to expedite your eviction proceedings, prevent your case from being thrown out, and obtain compensation for any losses you may have sustained.

Contact the expert eviction attorney by phone at (404) 252-6385 or e-mail us.  E-mail Richard or E-mail Dene.