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of the cost of compliance) in order to deter
tenant from non-compliance.
Landlords should ensure that their form
lease contains language generally stating
that tenants shall not create any nuisance in
the premises. Landlords should also review
the rules and regulations for the mixed-use
development and ensure that more specific
prohibitions against common nuisances exist,
including provisos stating that tenants shall
not use their premises in a manner that is
offensive to landlord or other occupants of
the development by reason of noise, odors or

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vibrations, or in a manner that would interfere
with other tenants.
Nuisance Pursuant to Georgia Law
Regardless of the remedies provided for in
the leases of mixed-use development tenants,
the tenants and landlord also have remedies
available to address nuisances under Georgia
law. O.C.G.A. § 41-1-1 defines nuisance as,
"anything that causes hurt, inconvenience, or
damage to another and the fact that the act
done may be otherwise lawful shall not keep
it from being a nuisance. The inconvenience

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Communicate with Tenants
if Nuisance Occurs
Landlords should always seek to maintain
open lines of communication with tenants to
understand what is going on in the mixed-use
development. If a landlord maintains good
communication with tenants, then tenants
are more likely to go to the landlord to assist
in resolving the issue rather than immediately
reaching out to a third party for assistance. If
a nuisance occurs, landlord should work with
both parties to address and de-escalate the
situation, first listening to the tenant's concerns
in connection with the nuisance and understand
the particular problems the nuisance presents
for the tenant, and then attempting to problemsolve in a manner where each party's primary
7:04 pm concerns are addressed. If the nuisance situation
continues to escalate, consider calling on thirdparty advisors to provide guidance on how to
properly address the issue.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
David Marmins is a partner in Arnall Golden
Gregory's Litigation Practice. David is the
co-leader of the firm's Retail Industry Team
and focuses his practice on real estate and
land use litigation matters.
Carly Alford Smith is a fifth-year associate in
the commercial real estate practice of Arnall
Golden Gregory LLP. She focuses on leasing,
acquisition and disposition of commercial
office, retail, and industrial properties. Prior to
attending law school, Carly taught elementary
school in Donna, Texas for two years as a part
of the Teach For America program.

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complained of shall not be fanciful, or such as
would affect only one of fastidious taste, but it
shall be as would affect an ordinary, reasonable
man." O.C.G.A. § 41-1-4 provides a cause
of action for anyone alleging their neighbor's
use of their property is causing them hurt,
inconvenience or damage. A court can grant
various forms of relief, including injunctions
preventing or curtailing the neighbor's offensive
use of their property and damages awarded for
the loss of value due to the nuisance. Importantly,
the fact that the complained-of conduct is not
violating the lease and is not contrary to any
zoning or other laws does not provide a defense.
Instead, the only issue is whether the use is
causing damage to the neighbor.

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