2970 Clairmont Road, Suite 220
Atlanta, GA 30329-4414

Atlanta Lawyers Representing Landlords in Tenant Disputes & Dispossessory Actions

Protecting the rights of landlords in tenant disputes

At the Atlanta apartment law firm of Fowler, Hein, Cheatwood & Williams, P.A., we help landlords understand their rights and responsibilities, and provide them with guidance in the area of tenant relationships. We have nearly 30 years of experience in protecting landlords, property owners and management companies from tenant litigation, which is virtually unparalleled in the industry.

We start by drafting and reviewing comprehensive lease agreements designed to:

  • Clearly outline tenant responsibilities
  • Mitigate and reduce the potential liabilities of landlords
  • Strictly comply with all federal, state and local laws, including those applying to credit checks and security deposits
  • Reduce the frequency and cost of tenant disputes and litigation
  • Streamline the leasing process

A definitive lease agreement is the first line of defense when disputes arise between tenants and landlords. Whether drafting or reviewing a contract or lease agreement, our apartment law attorneys ensure that the best interests of the landlord, the owner and the management company are protected.

When eviction becomes necessary

In Georgia, an eviction is known as a dispossessory proceeding. While non-payment of rent is the most common reason for a dispossessory filing, reasons could involve more complex issues and allegations, such as:

  • Lease termination issues caused by:
    • Domestic and roommate disputes
    • Noise complaints
    • Unreasonable resident conduct
    • Criminal, drug, or gang activity

We offer efficient and cost-effective dispossessory filings using a proprietary Dispossessory Management System, and routinely appear in courts on behalf of our property management clients throughout the greater Atlanta metropolitan area.

Our attorneys are also familiar dealing with tenants who have filed for bankruptcy. With the change in the law under the 2005 Bankruptcy Abuse Prevention and Consumer Protection Act, landlords may be able to avoid filing a Motion for Relief of the Automatic Bankruptcy Stay if a writ of possession was obtained prior to the tenant's bankruptcy filing — and the automatic stay does not apply. Even if the tenant filed for bankruptcy after a dispossessory filing, eviction may still be possible under certain circumstances including endangerment of the property or illegal drug use on the property.

We provide a significant number of post-foreclosure dispossessory proceedings for other law firms in Atlanta and throughout Georgia to obtain possession of houses which have been sold through the foreclosure process. Contact our firm for legal advice and counsel on how to manage a dispossessory in accordance with the law.

Seminars and training

Our firm is committed to continuing education of our attorneys and clients. We offer seminars and training on housing discrimination, landlord and tenant law, leases, employment practices, premises liability, and many other topics. Training is offered through the Education Department of Atlanta or the Georgia Apartment Association. We also offer training for individual clients. Our firm can provide written materials that clients can use to document good faith efforts to comply with various laws and best management practices.

Contact our Atlanta lease and eviction attorneys

To discuss your needs, please contact us online or call us at 404.633.5114.

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