landlord – one who leases real property to another (Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th ed.) This may seem obvious, but the important part of the definition is the part you don’t see – that is, it is not required that the landlord actually own the leased premises. Sometimes the landlord is simply an agent of the
tenant – one who pays rent for the temporary use and occupation of another’s land under a lease or similar arrangement (Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th ed.) The key word in this definition is “temporary”. The implication is that the tenant is always intended to one day leave the premises and return them to the landlord.
distraint – the seizure of another’s property to secure the performance of a duty, such as the payment of overdue rent; [or] the legal remedy authorizing such a seizure (Black’s Law Dictionary, 7th ed.) Under Georgia law, the procedures for a distraint proceeding are set forth in at O.C.G.A. §§ 44-7-70 et seq. A landlord
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