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Georgia Rental Lease Agreements | Laws

A Georgia lease agreement is a rental contract between a landlord/owner of residential or commercial property and a tenant. The types of agreements in the list below vary depending on the type of property and the needs of both the tenant and landlord. The terms and conditions contained in each agreement are devised with different lease specifications in mind. A landlord and tenant should look through a lease agreement carefully as these documents become legally binding once they are signed by the parties.

Rental Application – Rental application forms are handed out to individuals who are interested in renting a particular piece of property. The landlord will gather all application forms to review personal, employment, and previous rental information about the candidates before accepting them for tenancy.


Agreements: By Type (7)

Commercial Lease Agreement – Used to rent out office, industrial, or other commercial real estate to a tenant or business entity.

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College Roommate Agreement – Used by two (2) or more students to set forth terms and conditions for living together during college/university.

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Lease with Option to Purchase (Lease to Own) – Used to establish a regular residential lease between landlord and tenant with the tenant having the ability to buy the property once certain conditions have been met.

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Month to Month Lease Agreement – Used to rent residential property to a tenant on a monthly basis; i.e., they pay monthly rent just like a standard lease but either party (landlord or tenant) can terminate the agreement at any time (as long as proper notice is served).

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Roommate Agreement – Used by individuals living together to negotiate certain terms of cohabitation, such as rent amount, rights and obligations, and subletting options. This is usually used in conjunction with the original lease signed by a tenant (or tenants) and a landlord.

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Standard (1-year) Lease Agreement – Used to set terms and conditions for a fixed-term residential rental situation. This is the most common type of residential agreement, and the tenant may be given the option to extend the lease after the first year is up.

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Sublease Agreement – Used by a tenant (with permission from the landlord) to sublet part or the entirety of their rented unit to another individual (subtenant).

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Landlord-Tenant Laws


Flood Disclosure (§ 44-7-20) – Landlords must notify tenants in writing if the dwelling they are about to rent has flooded three (3) times or more in the past five (5) years.

Identification (§ 44-7-3) – Contact information of all owners, agents thereof, and managers of the property must be given in writing to a tenant before tenancy begins.

Inspection Form (§ 44-7-33) – Landlord must provide tenant with a list of existing damage to the premises before a security deposit accepted.

Security Deposit Bank Account (§ 44-7-31) – If a security deposit is collected, the landlord must place them in an escrow account and must notify the tenant of the location of said account.

Landlord’s Access

General Access – No specific statute; twenty-four (24) hours is recommended and usually deemed reasonable.

Emergency Access – No specific statute; typically, a landlord may enter immediately if they believe it is an emergency.


Grace Period – No state statute.

Maximum Fees ($) – No state statute.

Rent Increase Notice – No state statute.

Security Deposits

Maximum Amount ($) – No state statute.

Returning to Tenant (§ 44-7-34) – Landlords must return security deposits to tenants within thirty (30) days of the lease termination date.

Interest Required? – No state statute.

Separate Bank Account? (§ 44-7-31) – Yes, landlord must place security deposits in an escrow account and must notify the tenant of the location of said account.