The Georgia rental lease agreements are designated for owners of property (“landlord”) and an individual seeking to occupy their space and pay rent every month. Typically a landlord will structure the contract so that payment is due on the first (1st) of every month, and if the contract is signed, for example, on a day different than the first, the payment for that month will be prorated. Before authorizing a new lease, the tenant can be expected to go undergo a vigorous credit and employment verification to prove they may afford the rent with their monthly income.
Form Description Types
Required Disclosures Forms
According to Statute 44-7-33 the tenant must fill-in a checklist upon moving in that states the conditions inside the living unit including any necessary improvements. This is to help make sure that at the end of the lease term the Security Deposit does not get wrongfully deducted for repairs that were not caused by the tenant. Download > Move-in Checklist Form
*If the landlord owns more than ten (10) housing units, or if they own less than ten (10) but they are managed by an outside party, they must disclose any and all maintenance needed on the premises.
According to Statute 44-7-20, if the residential unit was flooded at least three (3) times in the last five (5) years the tenant must be informed in the lease.
Landlord/Agent Contact Information
According to Statute 44-7-33 the landlord must disclose the name and address of the person that can be contacted and receive notices on behalf of the property.
According to (Statutes 44-7-30 to 44-7-37) a landlord must inform the tenant of the banking institution where the Security Deposit is located. The account must be an escrow account.
Georgia Rental Laws
Maximum Security Deposit
The is no cap on how much a landlord may require for a tenant to have at the time of lease signing.
Returning Security Deposit
After the tenant has vacated the premises or the end date of the rental contract, whichever is later, the landlord must return the deposit within thirty (30) days.
Access to Rental Property
There is no required notice the landlord must submit before entering the tenant’s rental unit. This does not mean that this may be abused and the landlord is always advised to give notice to the tenant before entry.
Rent is due on the date agreed upon in the lease agreement. There is no grace period. A late fee may not be assessed unless it is specifically written in the contract.