Evictions in Georgia require that you follow the law, and that starts with evicting for proper reasons. Today, we’re talking about evictions in general, and specifically, the top five reasons why you should file an eviction. This is the first blog in a two-part series about the eviction process in Georgia.
Eviction Reason No. 1: Nonpayment of Rent
This is the most common and most important reason to evict a tenant. There is just not a legal defense for not paying rent. If tenants do not pay, they do not stay. When that happens, we file for eviction immediately.
Eviction Reason No. 2: Violation of Lease
Lease violations can be a lot of different things, and we’ll share a few examples. Maybe your tenants have unauthorized guests or residents. There could be pets that have not been approved on the lease. Maybe your tenants are subletting the home or starting an unauthorized business in the property like a daycare or a retirement facility. Those are some of the most common lease violations we see, and if the problem isn’t rectified, you have grounds to evict.
Eviction Reason No. 3: Property Damage
This is a big problem with landlords, and you can evict when there is property damage. First, we charge the tenant for the damage, and we try to correct it. But, if the tenant refuses to pay for the damage or continues to cause damage, we definitely want possession of the property back, so we file in court.
Eviction Reason No. 4: Criminal or Illegal Activity
It’s not often, but sometimes we will get a notification from the police or a neighbor that something unlawful is going on at the home. We talk to the tenant first, but if it’s true and accurate, will file an eviction. There’s a lot of liability if you find criminal or drug activity at your property.
Eviction Reason No. 5: Lease Expires but Tenant Doesn’t Leave
At the end of a tenant’s lease, you may want your tenant to move out. Perhaps you’re planning to sell the home or move back into it yourself, or you just want to increase the rent. In those cases, you need to give the tenant a notification that they need to leave the property. If they refuse to do so, you can evict them. This is possible even if they are paying rent. If you need possession of your property, you can file for eviction, even if there’s no rent due.