Georgia Fulton County Eviction process

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I’m a homeowner and have a tenant that is on a 6 month lease.  He's 21 days late on rent, and from everything I gather, he's going to screw me over in the end.  If I give him a notice of eviction and start an eviction on him through the courts and he pays up to date, does that cancel the eviction? I really want this guy out of my house. I don't feel safe with him here. 

Also, how fast can I get him out of here? I've heard and read GA law is 2 months, but my investor friend told me it could be a week or two.  Should I serve him just a notice of eviction as a threat, that way he avoids eviction on his record and I can get him out quickly?  I think he has a sister he can stay with.  Or friends from work.  Thanks for your input!

I recommend you start here. If you're not sure or comfortable with the process, hire an attorney. It's better to pay $500 - $1,000 then to do it wrong and end up stuck with a disgruntled tenant or lose thousands.

If you start to evict for non-payment of rent and the tenant pays everything owed, then you are supposed to terminate the eviction action because they've set it right.

If you "don't feel safe" then maybe you should invite a male friend over to back you up, tell the tenant you don't feel safe with him and that he's behind on rent so he should cut his losses and get out. Maybe find a friend that can stay with you for a while until the guy is out and gone.

Again, it may be worth hiring an attorney to do it right.

Hey Nathan, 
Thanks for your response.  I'm not worried that he'll beat me up or anything, just that he'll ruin my house. He seems to have a vindictive streak in him.  And he smokes a lot of marijuana. 

Originally posted by @Nathan G. :

I recommend you start here. If you're not sure or comfortable with the process, hire an attorney. It's better to pay $500 - $1,000 then to do it wrong and end up stuck with a disgruntled tenant or lose thousands.

If you start to evict for non-payment of rent and the tenant pays everything owed, then you are supposed to terminate the eviction action because they've set it right.

If you "don't feel safe" then maybe you should invite a male friend over to back you up, tell the tenant you don't feel safe with him and that he's behind on rent so he should cut his losses and get out. Maybe find a friend that can stay with you for a while until the guy is out and gone.

Again, it may be worth hiring an attorney to do it right.

I can't tell if Marijuana is legal in Atlanta. If it is not legal, call the cops immediately and every time you see it or smell it. He'll get tired of the feeling like he's back in mom's basement and move on. To a lot of these people, weed is more important than a place to live.