The House voted 125-28 to send House Bill 346 to Gov. Brian Kemp for his signature.
Supporters of the bill said it will help stop landlords from evicting tenants rather than fixing housing problems.
The legislation makes it easier for renters to win court cases and remain in their homes. Landlords who wrongfully tried to evict tenants would be responsible for paying them one month’s rent, plus $500 and legal costs.
Mark Niesse covers voting rights and elections for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He also reports on the Georgia House of Representatives and government. He has been a reporter at the AJC since 2013 following a decade at The Associated Press in Atlanta, Honolulu and Montgomery, Ala.