If asexual predator slipped through my screening process and is now living in my apartment building, can I evict him?

Adjacent landlords are complaining because they now cannot get their units rented because of the the sexual predator. Can these landlords sue me for damages?

Asked on September 18, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Georgia

Answers:

MD, Member, California Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

The landlords cannot sue you successfully for damages; you don't owe them a duty and you don't have contractual relationships with them. As to your tenant, you can most certainly evict him. Check his application; if he said no to any item concerning his previous criminal history, he has breached a material part of his agreement and you need to inform him in writing that he must leave. If he refuses to leave, try to involve the police. If they refuse to help, you must go through the long (sometimes) process of eviction based on his lies. Now, as to future purposes, always internet search his name or check with your local police with his social security number and try a different service for background checks.


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