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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 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 both 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.

Contents

Agreements: By Type (6)

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

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Rent-to-Own Agreement (Lease Option) – The purpose of this document is 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 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 – Individuals living together can use this to negotiate certain terms of cohabitation, such as rent amount, rights and obligations, and subletting options.

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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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Disclosures (5)

  1. Flood Disclosure
  2. Identification
  3. Lead-Based Paint
  4. Move-in/Move-out Checklist
  5. Security Deposit Bank Account

1) Flood Disclosure

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.

2) Identification

Landlords must provide new tenants with the names and addresses of the property manager or person responsible for acting on behalf of the owner with regard to receiving demands and notices.

3) Lead-Based Paint Disclosure Form

If the property was constructed before 1978, this lead-based paint disclosure form must be provided to new tenants.

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4) Move-in/Move-out Condition Checklist

The landlord must provide the tenant with a list of existing damage to the premises before a security deposit is accepted.

5) Security Deposit Bank Account

Should the landlord collect a security deposit, they must place it in an escrow account and the tenant must be informed of the location of said account.


Landlord-Tenant Laws


Landlord’s Access

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

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


Rent

Grace Period – No statute.

Maximum Fees ($) – No statute.

Rent Increase Notice – No statute.


Security Deposits

Maximum Amount ($) – No 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 statute.

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