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The Magistrate Court of DeKalb County, Georgia

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Dispossessory Warrant: Can I remove the tenant before filing a dispossessory or immediately after I have filed it?

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No, you cannot remove the tenant from the premises in either situation. A landlord may legally remove a tenant and the tenant’s property from leased 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. A landlord who cuts off utilities may be subject to misdemeanor prosecution under O.C.G.A. Section 44-7-14.1.


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