registry – an escrow account held by the clerk of court (Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th edition) A registry is used for holding funds paid by one party which are at issue in a lawsuit; funds are then disbursed pursuant to a court order, usually to one of the parties.
lessee – synonym for tenant; a person occupying real property which he does not own (Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th edition) lessor – synonym for landlord; a person with authority to allow another to occupy real property; typically, the landlord is the owner of the rented premises (Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th edition)
eviction – the act of forcibly removing someone from real property (Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th edition) A legal eviction requires the issuance of a valid writ of possession first.
dispossessory proceeding – a lawsuit filed by a landlord against his tenant (Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th edition) The object of a dispossessory proceeding is to give the landlord the legal right to possess the rented premises in the form of a writ of possession; a writ of possession is necessary for an eviction to take place.
From time to time I will highlight and comment on Georgia cases that shape the law relevant to dispossessory and eviction cases. Today, I want to highlight Eckles d/b/a Atlanta Technology Group v. Atlanta Technology Group, Inc. The important takeaway from this case for entity landlords (LLCs, corporations, partnerships, etc.) is that in a court