Georgia Rental Lease Agreements

The Georgia Lease Agreements outline all legal matters concerning landlords and tenants for the lease of a property. Each agreement may have individual characteristics, but they will typically specify the parties to the agreement, the rules and restrictions bounding both parties, the term of the lease, and the monthly rent amount.

If either party is unsure of their legal obligations to one another, they should refer to relevant state law for clarification.

Types of Agreements

Commercial Lease Agreement – Business owners seeking to lease premises for their business should use this type of lease agreement to ensure the lease is legally-binding.

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Commercial Sublease Agreement (Form CF12) – For the subleasing of properties used for business purposes only.

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Lease to Own Agreement (Form F36) – Conveniently sets out legal provisions for landlords to sell their leased property to tenants.

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Month-to-Month Lease Agreement – Landlords looking for a contract that allows for tenants to rent out their property on a month-to-month basis should draft this legal agreement.

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Roommate Agreement – Similar to a College Roommate Agreement, this document is known for helping to establish harmonious relations between members of a shared rental property.

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Standard Residential Lease Agreement (Form F40) – A basic lease agreement that reflects landlord and tenant legal obligations as set out by Georgian state law.

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Sublease Agreement – A legally-binding contract signed between a sublandlord and a subtenant that allows for the subleasing of a rented property.

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What is a Georgia Lease Agreement?

Georgia Lease Agreement is a document used to clearly indicate the legal obligations a tenant must uphold when leasing a property, as well as those of the landlord who owns the property. As a means of vetting tenants before entering into this legally-binding relationship, it is useful for landlords to have tenants fill out a rental application.

State Definition (§ 44-7-30-2) – “means a contract, lease, or license agreement for tghe rental or use of real property as a dwelling place.”

When is Rent Due?

There is no statute in Georgia regarding when rent is due, nor about a grace period.

Landlord’s Access

Emergency: Although not specified by state law, landlords may always enter the property without notice in emergency situations.

Non-Emergency: There is no state statute outlining non-emergency circumstances for landlord entry. However, page twelve (12) of The Georgia Landlord Tenant Handbook details that landlords may enter according to the language specified in the lease—with most leases specifying that reasonable access is possible with notice prior to entry.

Required Disclosures

  • Existing Defects (§ 44-7-33): Before accepting the tenant’s security deposit, landlords must present tenants with a detailed list of any existing damage to the premises.
  • Flooding Disclosure (§ 44-7-20): Landlords must disclose the property’s propensity for flooding if the living space has flooded three or more times during the previous five (5) year period.
  • Lead Paint Disclosure: Landlords of properties built before 1978 must inform tenants of any known lead paint hazards, and also provide them with this pamphlet regarding the matter.
  • Names and Addresses (44-7-3):At or before the tenancy begins, the names and addresses of the landlord or person who acts on their behalf must be disclosed in writing.
  • Previous Tenant Issues (§ 44-1-16): The landlord shall inform the tenant, when asked, if a previous tenant of the property was infected with a virus or any other disease that medical evidence determined as being highly unlikely to be transmitted through the occupancy of the property. Moreover, they must also disclose if the property was the site of a homicide, felony, suicide, or a death by accidental or natural causes.

Security Deposit Laws

Maximum amount: There is no maximum amount governed by state statute.

Returning to tenant (§ 44-7-34): The deposit must be returned within one (1) month to the tenant. Landlords with actual cause for retaining any portion of the security deposit must provide a written statement to tenants which specify the reasons for doing so.

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