Statute of Frauds Not Applicable to One-Year Lease

February 1, 2009
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Facts: A tenant and an owner entered into a one-year lease. The tenant paid rent for three months and then abandoned the property, arguing that, according to the statute of frauds, the lease was invalid because it lacked a property description. The owner successfully sued in small claims court for the unpaid rent, and the tenant appealed. The trial court ruled in favor of the owner, and the tenant appealed.

Decision: A Georgia appeals court ruled in favor of the owner.

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