On July 17, 2014 J.S. LaRose won a punitive damages award and judgment of $7,404.67 in Fulton County on behalf of a client who had been facing eviction and potential liability for unpaid rent.
The problem for the landlord was that he had taken the law into his own hands by changing the locks on the tenant before obtaining a Writ of Possession from the court. Although this might be permissible under a commercial lease, Georgia law clearly prohibits such self-help measures in residential rental properties.
In the context of commercial properties, the language in the lease agreement will determine the rights of all parties. It’s important to have an attorney on your side when entering into such agreements, or when considering any legal action. Surprisingly, many landlords and tenants are not even aware of what is contained in their lease. A good landlord-tenant lawyer can help you understand all of your legal rights and obligations.
If you are a tenant trying to deal with a difficult landlord call LaRose Law Georgia today.
If you are a landlord, or are considering leasing your property, LaRose Law Georgia can help you successfully navigate all stages of the leasing process and avoid exposing yourself or your business to needless liability.