2020 Georgia Code
Title 44 - Property
Chapter 3 - Regulation of Specialized Land Transactions
Article 3 - Condominiums
§ 44-3-112. Escrow of Deposits or Other Payments Made Prior to Closing

Universal Citation: GA Code § 44-3-112 (2020)
  1. Any deposit or other payment made prior to closing with respect to the first bona fide sale of each residential condominium unit for residential occupancy by the buyer, any member of the buyer's family, or any employee of the buyer shall be held in escrow until it is delivered at closing, delivered to the seller in accordance with subsection (b) of this Code section, or delivered to the person or persons entitled thereto upon breach of the contract for the sale. Such escrow funds shall be deposited in a separate account designated for this purpose; provided, however, that, in the event any such deposit is held by a real estate broker licensed under the laws of this state, such funds may be placed in such broker's escrow account instead of a separately designated account.
  2. If the contract for sale of the condominium unit so provides and the purchase price of the condominium unit is not less than $150,000.00, the seller may withdraw escrow funds in excess of 1 percent of the purchase price from the escrow account required by subsection (a) of this Code section when the construction of improvements has commenced. The seller shall only use the funds in the actual construction and development of the condominium property in which the unit to be sold is located. However, no part of these funds may be used for salaries, commissions, expenses of real estate licensees, or advertising purposes. A contract which permits use of the advance payments for these purposes shall be initialed by the buyer and include the following caveat in boldfaced type or capital letters no smaller than the largest type on the first page of the contract: ANY PAYMENT IN EXCESS OF 1 PERCENT OF THE PURCHASE PRICE MADE TO THE SELLER PRIOR TO CLOSING PURSUANT TO THIS CONTRACT MAY BE USED FOR CONSTRUCTION PURPOSES BY THE SELLER.

(Ga. L. 1975, p. 609, § 44; Ga. L. 2006, p. 548, § 2/SB 573.)

Editor's notes.

- Ga. L. 2006, p. 548, § 3, not codified by the General Assembly, provides: "This Act shall only apply with respect to causes of actions or claims arising on or after the effective date of this Act, and any prior causes of action or claims shall continue to be governed by prior law."

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