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1 Answer | Asked in Arbitration / Mediation Law and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: My apartment is seriously infested with roaches

They have had pest control come out but he isn't using proper chemicals for German Roaches. I had to throw out my microwave because a nest was in it, what are my options and rights

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Jan 13, 2020

You can sue the landlord in Superior Court to force a repair (AKA extermination of the roaches) and obtain damages for failure to repair. If you live in a rental house, you also have the option of informing the landlord that you intend to repair the situation yourself by hiring your own licensed... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: We found serious structural issues after moving in when we informed landlord in writing she gave us a 30 vacate notice.

We were informed to do free estimates for repairs to house when estimates came in and we provided our issues in written form she went to police came to home with them for a inspection that was never scheduled and then sent us a 30-day vacate premises notice

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Jan 13, 2020

There is a new Georgia law that protects tenants for being kicked out simply because they complain of a health and safety problem with the rental property.

The new law is OCGA 44-7-24

You may or may not fall under this new section

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts for Georgia on
Q: If you give no deposit or rent and you have just signed a contract can you break the lease. Just the application fee

The only thing that was paid was the application fee.

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Jan 13, 2020

You signed the contract. Look at the contract to determine if you have a grace period to terminate the lease.

You didn't state why you wanted to terminate the lease. The reason for wanting to break the lease may change my answer.

Paula McGill

demandingjustice@gmail.com

2 Answers | Asked in Civil Litigation, Contracts and Real Estate Law for Georgia on
Q: My name is on a deed and mortgage with my ex. I moved from the home but pay utilities. Can he say I abandoned the house

My now ex and I purchased a house last year. Both of our names are on the deed & mortgage. We tried to live as roommates but that was not worked. I recently moved all of my belongings from the home. He claims I abandoned the house. If I still pay utilities and have mail coming to the house can he... Read more »

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Jan 13, 2020

He doesn't know the law.

You still have an ownership interest in the property.

Therefore, you should seek counsel who specializes in real estate to force a partition of the property, if possible.

This may cause the house to be sold or to force him to buy you out....
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: Was it illegal for my landlord to terminate my lease 2 months before my original lease was up w/o giving me any notice

My landlord terminated my lease 2 months early without providing me any documentation about a 30-60 day notice I also fixed the the damages I caused and cleaned unit before leaving I was told I would get a deducted deposit back it has been 30 days and my old landlord has yet to call me and refuses... Read more »

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Jan 13, 2020

You received some type of statement from your landlord. What did your landlord say about ending your lease?

The time to challenge the early termination was before you moved.

Now that you moved, it is questionable if you can sue him for breach of contract.

As far as your...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: If im behind on my rent & the landlord agrees to give me time but then texted if i dont let him do a sexual act

Hes throwing me out 24hrs from now unless i perform sexual favor what are my rights what should i do when i have nowhere to go

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Dec 29, 2019

If you are month to month or have a lease, he can throw your things out on the street without a writ from the court.

He will have to file a dispossessory, win, then get a writ.

If he throws your things out or if he files a dispossessory affidavit in court, contact an experienced...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: Hello i am trying to seek answers . my landlord is charging me for things that wasnt true after my move out inspection.
Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Dec 5, 2019

If you have pictures of the condition of the property, send copies of your evidence to the landlord.

If the two of you cannot come to an agreement, sue in Magistrate Court.

1 Answer | Asked in Consumer Law for Georgia on
Q: What if A creditor cannot serve you papers? Can your wages still be garnished?
Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Dec 2, 2019

If the creditor can't serve you in person, he can seek service by publication. If that is granted, you will be deemed served in accordance with the law.

If you don't answer the service by publication, the creditor can seek a default judgment. If the judgment is granted, your wages can be...
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1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: Im a tendent at will and landlord just text me saying she give us 30 days to move out from today is it 60 or 30 days

We payed novmbers rent late and now shes telling us 30 days but above reads 60 days

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Dec 1, 2019

If you don't have a written lease that shortens the notice to 30 days, it's 60 days.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: My landlord filed a writ of possession, but they only filed it under my name. Not mine and the other tenant on lease
Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Nov 27, 2019

Normally, when the landlord makes the fatal mistake of not adding "all others" to the dispossessory affidavit, the sheriff's office will not approve the removal of possessions from the house if someone objects.

Everyone else can file to stop the eviction or contact the sheriff's office...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: My old landlord will not provide new owners contact information after selling my rental house before lease was up

I also found out that she was selling the house or that the house was sold on the day the house sold and now she's calling asking if we are found a place to move yet but my one-year lease isn't up until February

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Nov 22, 2019

Look at your lease. If the lease doesn't terminate if the house is sold, the new owner takes subject to the lease. He or she will have to wait until February unless your lease is bought out by agreement or there is an early termination provision in the lease.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: What can I do about a smoker in my non smoking building? Mgr says she has given them a letter of lease violation.

She says they have to wait for the routine maintenance schedule to check the filters for smoke. I’m having health issues that I think are related to the smoking. The smell comes into my apartment through the vents.

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Nov 6, 2019

You can send a letter to the tenant noting the nuisance and informing him/her if it doesn't stop, you intend to sue her.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: I need help with being evicted. Been here 5 years. Good tenant. Sorry Landlords don't fix things. Tried to pay.

I have photos of the rotten porch as well as the huge holes in the road outside the house

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Nov 6, 2019

Please let me know what reasons the landlord has given for filing the eviction.

1 Answer | Asked in Civil Litigation for Georgia on
Q: My husband left 4 years ago to work he has a Michigan drivers license he has an apartment in Michigan and has stayed the

Last 4 years we own a home I’m georgia where I reside I don’t work who is entitled to the home him or I my name is not on the deed but I have lived here for 5 years

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Nov 5, 2019

The answer is too long for this type of forum.

However, if he bought the house during the marriage it is very likely you have equity in the property.

If he bought before you were married, you may still be entitled to an equitable share of the property.

Moreover, if you have...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Georgia on
Q: What are my rights to property if my name and my ex-boyfriends are on the deed but he is the only one on the mortgage

We are breaking up I asked him what he wanted to do about house he said it would be best to take my name off the deed I said not without negotiating a fair amount my lowest price was 21K seems more than reasonable to me especially when I know he has it in the bank.

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Nov 3, 2019

The two of you may want to hire an appraiser to determine the market value of the property.

If you are going to split the equity in half, you would be entitled to 50% of

The value of the property

Less

The outstanding mortgage

You may want to consult with a...
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1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Georgia on
Q: My question is whether or not the HOA president is acting legally and ethically

Hi I have a client who wants to sell her townhouse in a community with an HOA. According to the HOA President, she has $25,000+ in dues unpaid. There is also a tax delinquency, which may send the property to auction. She hasn't lived there in almost a decade, and the community looks like a third... Read more »

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Nov 3, 2019

Look at the bylaws first. That may answer several of your questions.

Also, there may be an issue with self-dealing and breach of fiduciary duty. This would be a corporate litigation matter if it is not addressed in the bylaws.

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: How long does a property management company have to legally pursue a previous tenant?
Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Nov 3, 2019

Unless the lease shortens the period, the following applies:

On a written contract (lease) - 6 years

On an oral contract - 4 years

Property damage - 4 years

1 Answer | Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: Does a landlord have the right in Georgia to put you out in one day without the proper channels being used?

My landlord and I got into an heated discussion yesterday ( October 26,2019) this happened early in the morning. Later, that night his wife comes to my bedroom door and tells me that they have somebody that's going to start occupying my room in there house Monday October 28,2019. We don't have a... Read more »

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Oct 27, 2019

If you pay by the month without a lease that shortens the notice time, the landlord is required to give you 60 days notice.

1 Answer | Asked in Real Estate Law for Georgia on
Q: Do I have a right to privacy & quiet enjoyment if lease says my LL can access the premises at any time/for any reason?

I currently rent one of two rooms in the basement of LL's home which has a private entrance. My LL and her family reside above the basement. At times, she or a family member has come to the basement during or after showering to inquire or complain about my water usage. She does not give notice and... Read more »

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Oct 27, 2019

You signed a lease that gave the landlord unlimited access. I've had cases with similar provisions. In those cases, the judge held the tenant to the lease.

If you don't want the landlord to access your room while you are in, use a mobile security bar. They sell them on Amazon. It fits...
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2 Answers | Asked in Contracts, Personal Injury, Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia on
Q: What do you call a matter where the Plaintiff’s claims are actually the defendants claims but Plaintiff filed first.

Landlord/Tenant issue

Paula J. Mcgill
Paula J. Mcgill answered on Oct 27, 2019

If a Defendant has claims against the Plaintiff that arises out of the same transaction and occurrence, the Defendant must file a counterclaimat the time an answer is filed unless the matter is in Magistrate Court. You have additional time to file it in that court.

Check the rules or...
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