New Laws of Significance to REALTORS® Take Effect in GA

June 27, 2019

July starts more than just summer fun; it is also when most laws passed in the recent legislative session take effect. Issues from property tax appeals to retaliatory landlord legislation will become the new norm.

At a recent state Government Affairs meeting, REALTORS® reviewed legislation that was worked on during the 2019 Georgia Legislative Session. Legislation ranging from additional rights to appeal property taxes (HB 183) to landlord-tenant legislation (HB 346) to bringing appraisal management companies into compliance with federal standards (HB 192).

Legislation on restricting aesthetic design control ordinances, creating additional Fair Housing classes, reducing short term rental restrictions and removing nontax fees from tax bills did not reach final approval, but will be carried over to the next legislative session. Sub-committees on short-term rentals, aesthetic design control and homeowner’s associations were created to work on these issues before the next session begins.

To review the status of specific legislation supported or opposes by the Georgia Association of REALTORS® and the state Governmental Affairs Committee, click here.

About the PBOR Market Brief

The Paulding Board of REALTORS® (PBOR)  Market Brief is compiled by First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS). For more information on details of this month's report, please contact the Board at 770.866.1397.

*Each month, the numbers reported for the previous month are updated to reflect additional recordings.

About the Paulding Board of REALTORS®

The Paulding Board of REALTORS® (PBOR) has been an instrumental factor in the growth of real estate in Paulding County, Georgia for more than a decade. PBOR serves as a central source of information for its members, with mainly focusing on real estate education, the promotion of professionalism in the industry and representing REALTORS® members with legislative initiatives to create positive change for the real estate community.

About First Multiple Listing Service

First Multiple Listing Service (FMLS) is the premier data services provider for real estate professionals in Georgia. FMLS was founded in 1957 by a group of Brokers who wanted to share their listings and connect buyers and sellers.  Today FMLS is the largest MLS in Georgia & the 4th largest MLS in the United States, serving nearly 54,000 real estate Agents & Brokers.  For additional information or to start a discussion about how to partner with FMLS please contact

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