Your landlord could evict you

As a renter, there is an expectation that you will abide by the terms of the lease you established with your landlord, or rental company. This agreement serves to protect their interests, though it outlines your rights as well. While a lease typically provides you and your landlord the opportunity to terminate this agreement, you may be interested in understanding the circumstances under which doing so is legal.

In some cases, you could face an eviction notice. That said, even if you are behind on your rent or are not in compliance with your rental agreement, a notice from your landlord is still required. If you do not get back in compliance with your agreement, your landlord can file for your eviction. However, if your landlord does not handle this in accordance with set legal procedures, you may have grounds to maintain possession of that property, according to the terms of your lease.

There are two ways for a landlord to terminate your lease

Georgia’s laws provide a landlord the right to evict you either with or without cause.

With cause – This would be the case if you are behind on rent or are violating the terms of your agreement. Once your landlord provides you with notice, or a demand, they have the legal right to file for your eviction. It is important to note that state law does not specify a required waiting period between demand and eviction, so you might want to address that as quickly as possible.

Without cause – In some instances, a landlord would not need legal cause to end your lease through eviction. But if they decide to end your agreement, this may still require a notice, in cases such as:

  • A fixed-term agreement – If you have a lease specifying your rental agreement for a given period of time, but are not in violation of it, your landlord cannot legally evict you prior to the end of your lease. Notification requirements about the need to move at the end of that term, as well as your opportunity to renew that agreement, will depend on the terms of your lease.
  • Month-to-month agreement – Depending on your circumstances, if you rent on a monthly basis, your landlord may have the right to terminate your agreement by giving you a 60-day written notice. If you do not move out by the end of the 60-day notice, you could face eviction.

Depending on the specifics of your case, you may have the right to fight an eviction. Regardless of an eviction suit filed against you, a final decision about your move may rest on how closely your landlord followed set legal procedures, and what terms you agreed to in signing your lease.

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