Tenant eviction attorneys in Atlanta handle residential dispossessory actions
Evicting a tenant for failing to pay rent or violating another lease term might seem like a simple, justified decision. However, the law in Georgia and other states can create serious problems for landlords who aren’t careful during a residential dispossessory action. From our office in Atlanta, the attorneys of Fowler, Hein, Cheatwood & Williams, P.A. provide thorough advice and advocacy to Georgia clients who are seeking to lawfully remove a tenant from their premises. We advise clients what measures are necessary and which tactics are prohibited so that property owners can avoid unnecessary difficulties and maximize the return on their investment.
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Our experienced landlord-tenant attorneys assist owners of multifamily dwellings on all aspects of eviction matters, including:
- Dispossessory proceedings — Whether you have cause to evict a tenant during the course of their lease agreement, or their term is ending and you want them to move out, certain rules must be followed. We outline the information that must be in an eviction notice and prepare documents that can be presented in a dispossessory proceeding if the tenant refuses to cure the problem. From there, our firm helps clients pursue an appropriate summons in court when renters refuse to vacate the property. Should the renter persist in staying, we advocate for landlords’ rights to retake possession of the apartment during eviction hearings.
- Prohibited actions — As a landlord, you have the right to remove a renter who does not abide by the provisions of their lease, but certain actions, such as cutting of utilities, are not allowed until after the legal dispossessory proceeding is completed. Before you take one of these steps, sometimes referred to as “self-help” eviction, it’s important to understand what you can and cannot do because violations could trigger a fine.
- Discrimination allegations — In certain instances, tenants who are facing eviction on proper grounds might try to intimidate landlords by raising claims of bias. Our housing discrimination defense attorneys are well versed in the pertinent legal standards and vigorously counter meritless complaints brought under the federal and Georgia Fair Housing Acts.
- Lifting bankruptcy stays — Though individuals who file for protection under Chapters 7 and 13 of the U.S. Bankruptcy Code are entitled to an automatic stay that prevents collections against them, landlords can seek approval for a removal action. When warranted, our firm advocates on behalf of landlords who attempt to lift the stay by requesting relief from the court.
Failing to obtain the information you need regarding a residential dispossessory matter could lead to unnecessary hassle and expense. Retaining a qualified eviction attorney to assert your rights will help the process move forward efficiently.
Contact a thorough Georgia attorney for a free consultation regarding an eviction matter
Fowler, Hein, Cheatwood & Williams, P.A. advises Georgia landlords regarding the law on residential dispossession and represents them during eviction proceedings. To make an appointment for a free initial consultation, please call 404-633-5114 or contact us online. We are located in Atlanta.