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In the state of Georgia, a landlord has three days after a tenant terminates occupancy to inspect the unit for damages. The landlord must make a list of damages and the approximate cost to repair them.
The landlord must provide the tenant with this final list of damages. This list must also make it clear, in writing, that the tenant must agree to the damages listed or dissent to the claims.
Within five days of terminating occupancy, the tenant has the right to inspect the property with this list. If the tenant signs this list, he or she is agreeing to the damages listed. If the tenant refuses to sign the list, he or she must write out the items they disagree with and sign a statement of dissent. The tenant may take the landlord to court to recover the cost of any damages they have indicated they disagree with in their statement of dissent. If a tenant has not signed a statement of dissent, they forfeit their right to recover any money withheld from their security deposit as listed in the final damage notice.
If a landlord attempts to illegally withhold a tenant's security deposit, he or she may have to pay the tenant up to three times the amount withheld, unless it is determined the landlord accidentally withheld the portion, in which case, they will only be liable for paying the tenant back the amount mistakenly withheld. The code which governs the security deposit in the state of Georgia can be found at Georgia Code Annotated §§44-7-30 to 37.
So if you agreed to these fees and did not sign a statement of dissent after the walk through then you will not be able to do anything. If you did sign this then you should be able to go to small claims court and try to reclaim any of the ridiculous fees that were unwarranted.
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