(Media release from the Georgia House of Representatives):

State Representative Kasey Carpenter (R-Dalton) has announced that the Georgia House of Representatives unanimously passed House Bill 404, or the “Safe at Home Act,” on Thursday, March 2, 2023. Sponsored by Rep. Carpenter, the Safe at Home Act would provide more protections for Georgia’s renters while also preserving the rights of landlords.

“My family moved to 16 different rental properties throughout my childhood, so I understand the problems that many tenants face on a daily basis,” said Rep. Carpenter. “This legislation seeks to balance the interests of both the tenant and landlord, whose relationship sits on a foundation of livability. As a result, House Bill 404 would provide tenants with more opportunities to ensure their rental property is safe and stable. We need to start a conversation about the rights that tenants have and how to address the bad actors that give landlords a bad reputation.”

House Bill 404 would require rental properties to be “fit for human habitation” upon signing a lease, and landlords would be required to maintain their properties throughout the lease. This legislation would also prohibit landlords from turning off a rental home’s air conditioning prior to an eviction to force tenants to move out. The bill would limit landlords from requiring a security deposit that exceeds two months’ rent. If a tenant fails to pay rent or charges owed to the landlord, the tenant would have a three business day written notice period prior to an eviction proceeding being filed. Landlords would be required to post an eviction notice on the tenant’s front door or deliver the notice based on the stipulations of the rental agreement.

This legislation has been sent to the Senate for its consideration.

For more information on House Bill 404, please click here.