Q: I was one day late giving answer to the eviction. I emailed the court yesterday on the final day to let them know I was
On the way. I didn't make it. Got there at 9 this morning and they tell me it was too late. We had to be out in 24 hours this man didn't make out a new lease when the old one went out I thought I would had 60 days to get out according to the tenant at will. I have every message between the landlord and myself and dozens and dozens of pictures this house is very unstable very hazardous and I have had to pay for all repairs I've got everything I thought I had a leg to stand on can you please help me
A: This is a difficult time. Under Georgia law, when someone files a dispossessory action against you, you have 7 days to file an answer from the date it is served (service may be posted on your door). If you do not file the answer within the seven (7) days the landlord can get an writ against you immediately; however, Georgia does not allow self-evictions. Therefore, although the landlord can get the writ the writ still has to be executed. Although you may not have a remedy to stay in the property you may have a separate civil action against the landlord if you incurred damages.
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