Georgia Supreme Court issues new rule for landlords seeking eviction during COVID-19 pandemic

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The Georgia Supreme Court has approved a new rule for landlords seeking to evict tenants for nonpayment of rent amid concerns over enforcement of renter protections during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The rule, issued Thursday, requires landlords to submit verification that they are not subject to the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act, otherwise known as the CARES Act, when filing new evictions.

The law bars properties that have federally-backed loans or receive many types of housing subsidies from pursuing eviction over nonpayment of rent. But without a central, publicly-accessible database of covered properties, it can be difficult for tenants to know whether their landlord is bound by the law.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and other media outlets, including ProPublica, have reported recently on properties that continue to file evictions in Georgia in apparent violation of the law, which went into effect March 27.