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J. Mike Williams
Fowler, Hein, Cheatwood
& Williams, P.A.
GAA Lease Users -
Are You Taking Advantage
of Free Access to the
GAA Law Book?
By J. Mike Williams, Esq., Robert P. Hein, Esq.,
and Russ Webb, VP of Atlanta & Georgia Apartment Associations
embers who utilize the Georgia Apartment Association Forms
& Leases through the Blue Moon platform have free online
access to the GAA Law Book. It is one of the many benefits of
using the GAA Blue Moon lease and its addenda. It is by far the
single most beneficial resource for all on-site and corporate management staff.
The GAA Law Book is now an online-only resource, in partnership with
The Strategic Solution. All GAA lease users can simply click the GAA Law
Book icon at the top right of your Blue Moon home screen after login to access
the Law Book. Using single-user sign-in technology, your information is
automatically passed through to the TSS server and authenticated, and you
don't have to log in again. The Law Book is easily searchable for keyword or
phrase, and the quick links provided in the directory make it easier than ever
to find what you are looking for. You also have the ability to download any
one single page or article as a PDF should you need to print it. For example,
if you are interested in locating all information relating to assistance or
service animals, then entry of assistance or service animals in the search
bar feature will reward you with all information contained in the GAA Law
Book regarding assistance or service animals. This makes it extremely
easy to locate information contained within the GAA Law Book without
having to review the Table of Contents or Index. The law book also contains
sample forms such as lease termination notices and demand letters.
The Georgia Apartment Association Law Book is intended to be an
everyday desk and online resource for owners, managers and staff of
apartment communities. The laws governing daily management of apartment
communities are as diverse and complex as the people living in them. On any
given day, managers may confront issues that are relatively easy to solve just
by following general rules. Change the facts - even slightly - and suddenly
another set of rules may apply. The resolution becomes more complicated.
The rules are not always black and white. Often there are subtle shades of
gray, and sometimes an exception to the rule comes into play. How, then,
is a manager expected to make the right decision, on a daily basis, that will
protect not only the apartment owner but also the individual resident?
That is the purpose of the GAA Law Book. It is designed to help management
understand the legal requirements and options available for managing
residents, employees and apartment communities. From fair housing laws
and environmental issues to leasing basics and landlord-tenant law, the GAA
Law Book is a guide for all aspects of
managing apartment communities.
A special thanks to Robert P. Hein,
Esq., for all of his hard work and
dedication for writing and developing
the GAA Apartment Law Book.
If you have any comments or
suggested topics that you would
like addressed for future articles,
please email J. Mike Williams at
Fowler, Hein, Cheatwood & Williams
serves as corporate and litigation
counsel in the multifamily housing
industry. Their practice areas include,
but are not limited to evictions, defense
of lawsuits, mold litigation, fair housing
defense throughout the country, code
enforcement defense, lease revision and
general consultation of their clients.
Disclaimer: The advice offered in this
column is intended for informational
purposes only. Use of this column is
not intended to replace or substitute
seeking out personal legal counsel
for an individual situation.
Please submit any legal questions you
may have to run in a future column
to email@example.com. Names and
contact information will remain
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