Landlord-Tenant Issues and Handbook
ASSISTANCE FOR RENTERS AND LANDLORDS
The state cannot intervene in a dispute with a landlord or tenant or force either party to take action. However, the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) does offer information and general advice to Georgians with questions about residential landlord/tenant issues in The Georgia Landlord Tenant Handbook. This handbook is a searchable 102-page document in .pdf format. It covers:
- Rental property management;
- Lease and rental agreements and their termination or renewal;
- Security deposits;
- Payment of rent;
- Repairs and maintenance;
- Eviction and dispossession; and
- State and federal fair housing laws.
Please note that the Landlord-Tenant Helpline mentioned in that document has been discontinued for reasons related to funding and is no longer available.
DCA also publishes a Fair Housing Brochure in both English and Spanish and information and forms for landlords. All of the above publications are available online on the DCA website. However, if you do not find an answer to your questions in the handbook, you might also refer to www.lawhelp.org under the heading of Georgia and the category Housing. Both sites offer good information applying to rental situations.
Because these brochures are not a substitute for legal counsel, however, you should seek help from a private attorney if you cannot resolve your problem. The State Bar of Georgia (404-527-8700 or 800-334-6865) can give you information on locating an attorney or your local Georgia Legal Services Program office. You may also pursue an issue with your landlord on your own through the local magistrate court.