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Legal Information: Georgia

Georgia Housing Laws

Updated: 
August 28, 2019

What is a housing law?

There are many different housing laws that involve rights of tenants and landlords. The housing law described in this section provides tenant protections for victims of domestic violence.

There is a housing law in Georgia that allows you (the tenant) to terminate your lease before it expires if you are a victim of family violence and have a family violence protection order.

Who is protected under this housing law?

You can get protection under this law if you have a family violence protection order that protects you or your minor child. Your family violence protection order can be issued as part of a civil or criminal case.1

1 Ga. Code § 44-7-23(b)

What type of family violence protection order would qualify me for protection under this housing law?

You are protected under this law if you have a civil or criminal family violence protection order. The order must be issued to protect you or your minor child. You can be protected under this law if you are:

  • a tenant in the home; or
  • a joint tenant even if you are not required to pay rent to the landlord.1

A civil family violence protection order includes:

  • a family violence protection order issued after the abuser received notice of the case and had a chance to participate in a hearing; or
  • an ex parte, temporary family violence protection order but only if you also have a police report related to the abuse.2

A criminal family violence protection order includes:

  • a pretrial order of release issued after an arrest for family violence; or
  • a probation order issued after a conviction for family violence.3

1 Ga. Code § 44-7-23(b)
2 Ga. Code § 44-7-23(a)(1)
3 Ga. Code § 44-7-23(a)(2)