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Condominium and Cooperative Law in Georgia

Condominiums and cooperatives are forms of "common interest" communities.

These are residential areas with one or more buildings, each housing multiple residential units. The units are part of a larger building, which contains other residential units. In turn, there are several such buildings on the property. The units are rented or owned by the residents, but the building as a whole, and the land on which it sits, is owned either by a third party, or collectively by all the residents. The residents, in addition to mortgage or rent, usually have to pay a fee to cover maintenance of the common areas.

Just looking at the outside (or inside, for that matter) of a condo or cooperative community, you likely can't tell which it is.

This is because there are no physical characteristics that can precisely distinguish one from the other. The general difference lies in the legal ownership arrangement. In a condominium community, the units are actually owned by the residents. The residents also collectively own the common areas, holding joint title to it. In a cooperative community, the buildings and land which make up the houses are owned by a single entity, and the individual units are often rented rather than owned by the residents.

Laws and Regulations Concerning Common Interest Communities in Griffin, Georgia

While there are a lot of Griffin, Georgia laws that will affect the residents and owners of condominium and cooperative communities, there are few that are actually specific to such communities. Instead, they are mostly governed by laws of more general application, such as contract law, zoning laws, and landlord/tenant law.

The daily lives of residents, and what they are and aren't allowed to do in their residences, will be far more heavily impacted by rules and regulations that the homeowner's association, or the owner of the land, has imposed.

Because the land they occupy is usually private property, it is the owners of this property who make most of the rules that will affect your daily conduct. A responsible manager will usually make rules designed to balance your right to live as you please in your own residence, with the right your neighbors have to a clean, safe, and quiet living environment.

The power of landowners is limited, however, and there are some rules that cannot be given legal effect. For example, in Griffin, Georgia, any rule which would exclude residents based on their race is completely unenforceable. Such discrimination is clearly prohibited under federal law, private property rights notwithstanding.

Can a Griffin, Georgia Attorney Help?

If you have a problem with your landlord, your community association, or a neighbor (which the landlord is unwilling or unable to address), an experienced real estate attorney in Griffin, Georgia will be able to help.

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Life in Griffin

Griffin is the county seat of Spalding County in the state of Georgia. It has a population of about 23,000 and prides itself in preserving its rich history revolving around early American colonial life.

Griffin is also known as "the Iris City" and is famous for being the birthplace of Wild West gunslinger Doc Holliday, who was a friend of the legendary Wyatt Earp. The city has several museums which showcase artifacts and relics dating back to the 1800's. These include the Griffin Museum and the Doc Holliday Museum.

Popular places to visit in Griffin are the Sam Bailey Building, the Old Medical College Historical Area, and Hawkes Library. The city holds many events year-round such as the Fourth of July Parade, the November Chili Cook-off, the April Arts and Crafts Festival, and the Annual Chamber of Commerce Dinner.

Downtown Griffin is unique in that it incorporates what is known as the "Main Street Four-Point Approach". This is a strategy that focuses on the distinct areas of Design, Promotion, Organization, and Economic Restructuring.

Lawyers in Griffin, Georgia typically file their cases at the Griffin Municipal Court. More advanced claims are heard at the Spalding County Superior Court. Griffin lawyers generally handle a wide variety of legal claims and issues. The Spalding County Courthouse was also an historical landmark in Georgia.

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