As a homeowner, protecting your property rights is of utmost importance. In Georgia, there is a specific code, Section 44-11-30, that empowers homeowners to reclaim their property from intruders who wrongfully occupy it. Understanding this code and its provisions can help Georgia homeowners take action against unwelcome occupants. Section 44-11-30 outlines the process for ejecting intruders and reclaiming possession of your property. It starts with the homeowner, their agent, or their attorney-in-fact preparing a written affidavit.
This affidavit asserts their good faith claim to the described property and highlights that it is currently occupied by another person who lacks a legitimate claim to possession. The section is outlined below:
Section 44-11-30. Manner of ejecting intruders; affidavit; ejection by sheriff; counteraffidavit
When any person, either by himself, his agent, or his attorney in fact, shall take and subscribe an affidavit in writing before any officer authorized to administer an oath setting forth that he claims, in good faith, the right of possession to the described land or tenement and that such land or tenement is in the hands of another named person who does not in good faith claim a right to such possession and yet refuses to abandon the same, it shall be the duty of the sheriff of the county where the land or tenement is located, upon receiving such affidavit, to exhibit such affidavit to the person described as being in possession of such land or tenement at the earliest possible day and to turn such person out of possession unless the person in possession tenders to the sheriff a counteraffidavit stating that he claims, in good faith, a legal right to the possession of the land or tenement.
Taking Action with an Affidavit:
To set the wheels in motion, the prepared affidavit must be taken and subscribed before an officer authorized to administer oaths. This could be a notary public or another designated official who can officially witness the affidavit. The affidavit serves as a crucial piece of evidence supporting your rightful possession of the property.
Involving the Sheriff:
With the completed and notarized affidavit in hand, it’s time to involve the sheriff. Deliver the affidavit to the sheriff of the county where the property is located. The sheriff will review the affidavit and proceed with the necessary steps to restore your possession of the property.
The Sheriff’s Role:
Once the sheriff receives the affidavit, they will approach the person named in the affidavit as the current possessor of the property. The sheriff will present the affidavit, notifying the occupant of your claim and demanding their immediate evacuation.
Resolution or Counteraffidavit:
If the occupant cannot provide a valid counteraffidavit stating a genuine claim of legal right to possess the property, the sheriff will proceed with the eviction process. This enables you to regain control of your property and ensures that intruders are lawfully removed.
Section 44-11-30 provides Georgia homeowners with a powerful tool to protect their property rights and remove unwelcome intruders. By understanding this code and following the outlined procedures, homeowners can assert their legal claim to possession and ensure the rightful use and enjoyment of their property. Remember, it is essential to consult with a legal professional experienced in property law to ensure compliance with local regulations and to guide you through the process effectively.
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