Georgia Rental Agreement

Last Updated: July 21, 2022

The Georgia rental agreements are contracts that govern the use of a rental property and usually exist between the landlord of the property and the tenant who seeks to use it. These documents state the amount of the rent, along with the term of the rental and other associated terms.

Georgia Rental Agreement Types

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Residential Lease Agreement

The Georgia residential lease agreement (“rental agreement”) is a written contract for the exchange of the temporary use of the residential property for regular, periodic payments ("rent").

9 pages
Month-to-Month Rental Agreement

A Georgia month-to-month lease agreement is a contract (written or oral) that allows a tenant to rent property from a landlord, in exchange for a fee (“rent”), for a period of thirty days at a time.

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Rental Application Form

The Georgia rental application form is a document that landlords send out to a prospective tenant to determine whether they are a viable tenant or not.

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Residential Sublease Agreement

The Georgia sublease agreement is a binding legal contract between the tenant of a rental (“sublessor”) and a new tenant (“sublessee”).

9 pages
Roommate Agreement

The Georgia roommate agreement (“room rental agreement”) is a sort of contract between two or more tenants sharing the same rental property (“co-tenants”).

8 pages
Commercial Lease Agreement

The Georgia commercial lease agreement is a written contract between a landlord and a business.

Georgia Required Lease Disclosures

  • Landlord’s Name & Address (required for all) – A Georgia lease agreement must contain the landlord (or an authorized agent’s) contact information to help establish communication for legal notices.
  • Flooding Notice Disclosure (required for some) – If the property for rent has been flooded 3 times within the past 5 years, Georgia landlords must provide a notice of the flooding risks involved with tenancy to avoid liability for flooding damage.
  • Move-In Checklist (required for some) – Georgia landlords that intend to charge a security deposit are required to provide an inventory of the rental unit’s condition in the form of a move-in checklist. This checklist may be separate from the rental agreement.
  • Lead-Based Paint Disclosure (required for some) – If the Georgia rental property was built before 1978, a lead paint disclosure is required to provide information about the risks posed by lead paints and any instances of lead paint in the unit so tenants can safely navigate the hazards.

To learn more about required disclosures in Georgia, click here.

Georgia Landlord Tenant Laws

  • Warranty of Habitability – Georgia requires its landlords to provide their tenants with hot and cold water, proper plumbing, electrical wiring/outlets, and HVAC. Upon request, these landlords must make repairs to these amenities within a “reasonable” amount of time. Georgia tenants cannot withhold rent; however, they do have the right to hire a professional to make the repair after a reasonable amount of time.
  • Evictions – A Georgia landlord may evict tenants for a number of reasons including, but not limited to failure to pay rent or a violation of a leasing term. Landlords must provide tenants with prior notice to pay, comply or quit, depending on the type of eviction. Georgia eviction process can take weeks to months.
  • Security Deposits – Georgia does not limit how much a landlord can charge a tenant as a security deposit. However, any deposits collected must be returned to their rightful owner within 30 days of the end of a lease.
  • Lease Termination – A Georgia tenant must provide 30 days of notice to end a month-to-month or yearly lease. A tenant can break a lease early if they are active military duty, landlord harassment, unit uninhabitability, domestic violence, etc.
  • Rent Increases & Fees – Georgia does not limit its landlords when it comes to rent rates or increases. As such, a landlord can raise rent whenever they want. Most operational fees are similar without a limit, except for bounced check fees (which are capped at $30 or 5% of the check).
  • Landlord Entry – Landlords in Georgia have a right to entry, but only under the terms of a lease. As such, they can determine their own notice requirements, so long as it is documented. Emergency entry rights are also dictated by the lease in this manner.
  • Settling Legal Disputes – Georgia’s small claims court can handle many landlord-tenant disputes valued at up to $15,000. This includes evictions. Also, these cases are not clearly subject to a statute of limitations.

To learn more about landlord tenant laws in Georgia, click here.