Georgia Security Deposit
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Georgia SECURITY DEPOSIT
( Georgia Statute 83, Sec 83.49)

The Georgia Department of Community Affairs contracts with the Georgia Legal Services Program to operate a Landlord-Tenant Hotline, which provides general information, simple advice, and referrals to callers with residential landlord-tenant questions. This service is available to all Georgians. The Landlord-Tenant Hotline is not a regulatory agency. It does not provide direct intervention or enforcement activity, nor does it keep records regarding landlord complaints. 

If you have questions related to residential rental property, call the Landlord-Tenant Hotline at 404-463-1596 or 800-369-4706.

This money is deemed to be security for any damage to the premises or non-payment of rent. the security deposit does not relieve the tenant of the duty to pay the last month's rent. It must be returned to the tenant upon vacating the premises, if no damage has been done beyond normal wear and tear and the rent is fully paid.

If a landlord fails to return the security deposit promptly, the tenant can sue to recover that portion of the security deposit to which the tenant is entitled.

TIME LIMITS ON SECURITY DEPOSIT: A Georgia landlord leasing residential real estate containing five or more units who receives a security deposit may not withhold any part of that deposit as compensation for property damage unless he furnishes to the tenant, within thirty days of the date the tenant vacates, a statement of damage allegedly caused by the tenant and the estimated or actual cost of repairing or replacing each item on that statement. 

If no such statement is furnished within 30 days, the landlord must return the security deposit in full within 45 days of the date the tenant vacated.

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