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Georgia Extends Shelter in Place Order Until April 30 and Suspends Short-Term Rentals

On April 8, 2020, Georgia Governor Brian Kemp announced several updates related to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) outbreak, including the extension of the shelter in place order previously in effect from April 3, 2020 to April 13, 2020. The shelter in place order is now set to expire April 30, 2020. Additionally, Governor Kemp issued Executive Order, 04-08-20.04, suspending short-term rentals to help stop the spread of COVID- 19. All other provisions of the Governors Shelter in Place Order, which we covered in a prior GT Alert, remain unchanged.

The Short-Term Rental Order prohibits the use of “Vacation Rentals” in the State of Georgia beginning at 12:00 a.m. on April 9, 2020 through April 30, 2020 at 11:59 p.m. The Short-Term Rental Order does not impact the following:

  1. “Vacation Rentals” with fully paid reservation agreement executed or agreed to prior to 12:00 a.m. on April 9, 2020”;

  2. Leases that are or will be used as a person’s primary place of residence”; or

  3. Owners from occupying their own properties”; or

  4. Hotels as defined by GA. COMP. R & REGS. r. 560-13-2.01(2)(b), extended stay hotels as defined by GA. COMP. R.& REGS. r. 560-13-2-.01(2)(a), campgrounds or commercial transactions.

Vacation Rentals” shall include any transaction for the lease or license to use residential property for residential or vacation purposes; that is facilitated by a third party or a broker, where the lease or license term does not exceed 30 days; where such lessor or licensor is a corporation, partnership, person, or any other entity; and where the lessee or licenses is a private person.

For more information and updates on the developing COVID-19 situation, visit GT’s Health Emergency Preparedness Task Force: Coronavirus Disease 2019.