In Georgia, the regulation of rent is primarily governed by GA Code § 44-7-19. Georgia preempts rent control. This law bans rent control throughout the state, allowing all landlords to set rent and increase it (with proper notice).
|Rent Control||None (State Ban)|
|Minimum Notice for Rent Increases||No Statute|
|Max. Late Fee||No Statute|
|Max. Bounced Check Fee||$30 or 5% of the check|
When Can a Landlord Increase Rent in Georgia?
A Georgia landlord must abide by the written rental agreement. Rent can only be increased during a lease if it’s disclosed in the agreement. However, a landlord may increase rent at any time on a month-to-month tenant.
When Is It Illegal to Raise Rent in Georgia?
According to the Federal Fair Housing Act, it is illegal for a Georgia landlord to raise rent based on the age, race, religion, nation or origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant.
Under Georgia law, landlords are not permitted to increase rent in retaliation against a tenant for exercising a legal right, such as filing a legitimate complaint to a local housing authority concerning their tenancy.
Is There a Rent Increase Limit in Georgia?
Georgia does not legislate that amount of rent a landlord may charge.
How Much Notice Is Needed for Raising Rent in Georgia?
Although the state has no specific legislation regarding notice for increasing rent, it is customary for a Georgia landlord to provide a 60-Day Notice before increasing rent. (GA Code § 44-7-7)
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How Often Can Rent Be Increased in Georgia?
Georgia does not regulate the frequency with which a landlord may increase rent.
Laws Regarding Late Fees in Georgia
Georgia does not regulate the amount that a landlord may charge in late fees. However, a landlord must disclose information regarding late fees in the written lease.
Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees in Georgia
A Georgia landlord may charge a tenant up to $30 or 5% of the check, whichever is greater. (GA Code § 13-6-15)
Georgia Cities With Rent Control
Georgia has no legislation regarding rent control.