Nancy Terrill

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Beginning in the fall of 1975, members of the 1976 session of the General Assembly spent many hours negotiating and finally passing what appears to be a landmark law for Georgia tenants. Although there is no comparison to the extensive changes proposed by the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act, Senate Bill 472 as it passed in 1976 does mark a new beginning toward equalizing the landlord-tenant relationship and eliminates at least some of the obstacles encountered by tenants seeking remedies for substandard housing conditions.

This article first will outline the more significant aspects of landlordtenant law as it has existed before 1976 and second will explain the provisions of the new act and its potential impact on tenants' rights and remedies in Georgia.

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