Today is Sine Die, the last day of session for Georgia’s General Assembly & the final chance for lawmakers to pass potential bills through the legislature, sending them to Governor Kemp’s desk to either be signed into law or vetoed.
A key piece of legislation that would strengthen the rights of our apartment neighbors still hangs in the balance. Here’s what you need to know:
House Bill 404 – The Safe at Home Act
Highlighted in our blog in February, House Bill 404 would establish some basic protections for renters.
Here are a few key components:
- HB404 would require rental contracts, leases or agreements to include a provision stating that the premises is “fit for human habitation.”
- HB404 would also prevent a landlord from requiring a security deposit that is more than two months rent.
- Under HB404, landlords would be required to give tenants three days after rent is due before filing for eviction.
House Bill 404 was passed unanimously by the House on March 2 and by the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 20. It is now up to Lt. Gov. Burt Jones to put the bill up for a vote before the end of today.
Stay informed about what’s happening under the Gold Dome during Sine Die by using any of the many non-partisan bill trackers available, including the two we’ve listed below.
If you would like to contact your State Representative or State Senator regarding legislation, you can find their contact information by logging into your my voter page and selecting the My Districts & Elected Officials tab.