Augusta, GA asked in Consumer Law, Civil Litigation, Civil Rights and Landlord - Tenant for Georgia

Q: What are the basics of predatory practices through a property management company?

I want to know what grounds do I have as a tenant to fight for my rights against an awful and unfair property management company that preys on low income families?

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: Predatory practices by a property management company can take various forms, such as unfair lease terms, excessive fees, or failure to maintain safe and habitable living conditions. As a tenant, you have rights protected under Georgia law and possibly local ordinances.

Firstly, familiarize yourself with the terms of your lease and the Georgia landlord-tenant laws. These laws outline your rights and the obligations of your landlord or property management company, including maintaining a habitable property and fair dealing.

If you believe the property management company is engaging in unfair or illegal practices, document every instance. Keep records of all communications, notices, lease agreements, and any other relevant documents.

You can also file a complaint with the Georgia Department of Community Affairs or a similar regulatory body. They can investigate complaints against landlords and property management companies.

Consider seeking legal advice from a tenant advocacy group or a lawyer with experience in landlord-tenant law. They can provide specific guidance based on your situation and may help negotiate with the property management company or represent you in legal proceedings if necessary.

Remember, as a tenant, you have the right to a safe and habitable living environment, fair treatment, and protection from unfair practices. Taking action to assert your rights can help protect you and other tenants from predatory behavior.

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