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Can I use self help to evict the tenant from the rental property without the commencement of a dispossessory?
No. A landlord may legally remove a tenant and the tenant's property from rented premises only under the dispossessory procedure. If a landlord uses self help to evict a tenant without a dispossessory it is a tort for which the tenant may recover damages in a civil action, and a landlord who cuts off utilities may be subject to misdemeanor prosecution under OCGA 44-7-14.1.

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1. Can I use self help to evict the tenant from the rental property without the commencement of a dispossessory?
2. I am the defendant and have been served with a lawsuit, what do I need to do?
3. I am the judgment creditor and my judgment has been paid, what do I need to do?
4. What are the requirements for a landlord filing a dispossessory action?
5. Can I appeal my civil case if I lose?
6. The tenant has filed his or her answer, so when will the hearing be held?
7. Can I reduce my claim to $15,000 and file it in Magistrate Court?
8. How do I file my civil case?
9. What services are not handled by Magistrate Court?
10. Where should I file my case?

P.O. Box 1129  |  Chatsworth, Georgia 30705  |  Ph: (706) 695-2413  |  Fx: (706) 695-8721