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Document Last Modified: 2/20/2024
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Georgia Lease Agreement
Your Georgia Lease Agreement needs to comply with all Georgia lease laws. Georgia law controls when it comes to Landlord-Tenant laws, this is why you need a state-specific Lease that is guaranteed to comply with all GA laws.
- Our GA Lease is Guaranteed to comply with all Georgia Lease laws
- It’s EZ to create and customize online - just follow simple prompts
- Over 25 disclosures and addendums can be added with the click of a button
- You and your Tenants can review and sign online with our electronic signing tool
- Your Lease is automatically stored securely with ezCloudStorage
Should problems arise with your Tenant or property, it’s the Lease that protects you. This is why you don’t want a basic or generic Lease or just a fillable Lease form. Instead, you want a comprehensive, customizable, and state-specific Lease.
We’ve got the best Georgia Lease available online. And, it’s EZ to create, review, and sign.
When there’s a product and process this good it makes choosing a Lease, well….EZ.
Landlord-Tenant Laws Georgia
Pro Landlords are familiar with their state’s Landlord-Tenant laws from Day 1. It’s important to know these laws when creating a Lease, but it’s also important when managing your property, as it impacts a number of factors including entering for maintenance, late fees, and renewal.
To help you be a pro, here’s an overview of key Georgia Landlord-Tenant laws.
Note: our Georgia Lease complies with all state laws so you don’t need to worry about these when creating your Lease. Makes your life EZier, yeah?
Pro Tip: When you create your Georgia Lease, you’ll get State Assist tips as you go to highlight important state laws. Plus, any Georgia-required language, terms, or disclosures are automatically included in your Lease Agreement.
Ending and Renewing
Fixed-term Lease (most common): There is no minimum or maximum time restriction for notice required for Lease termination or renewal, except that terms of notice shall be clearly defined in the Lease.
Month-to-month Leases and Leases with no set end date: Landlords must provide 60 days notice to end the Lease. Tenants may end Lease with 30 days notice.
There is no limit placed on the security deposit charged to the Tenant, so long as it is reasonable.
Returning the Security Deposit: Georgia Landlords must return the security deposit, along with an itemized list of any deductions, within 30 days of the end of the Tenancy.
Returned Payment Fee
|Returned payment fees may not exceed $30 or 5% of the bounced payment, whichever is greater, plus the amount of any fees charged to the holder of the instrument by a financial institution.
|There are no limits placed on the collection of a late charge, but the fee must be reasonable.
|Landlords may require Tenants to get renter's insurance.
Notice to Enter
|There is no requirement for the Landlord to give notice. However, it is highly recommended to give at least 24 hours notice before entering the Leased premises.
|No additional requirements
Contact your local housing or zoning office to be sure your rental property complies with city and county requirements for inspections, rent control, occupancy limits, property codes and zoning. Many cities and counties require inspections, registrations and have specific maintenance regulations.
Georgia law requires that the below disclosures are included in the Lease Agreement.
Note: We automatically include these when you build a Georgia Lease with our Lease Builder Wizard!
- Lead-Based Paint Disclosure: Pursuant to federal law, if a rental property was built before 1978, the Landlord must provide Tenants with a Lead-Based Paint Disclosure and Lead-Based Paint EPA Pamphlet.
- Flood Disclosure: If the rental property has been damaged by flooding at least three times in the last five years, the Landlord must notify the Tenants in writing of the property’s susceptibility to flooding.
- Identification: Landlords must notify Tenants of all managers, individuals or agents that are allowed on the property. Ga Code § 44-7-3.
- Move-in/Move-Out Inspection Form: Upon accepting a security deposit, Landlords must give a list of any damage to the property. Ga Code § 44-7-33. Pro Tip: Our Move-In/Move-Out Checklist is an EZ way to do this and to provide thorough documentation of property condition.
Other Popular Forms
- Rental Application: A thorough Rental Application is vital for effective Tenant Screening. Ours is 100% free and includes all required authorizations to get credit, criminal background, and eviction reports. Start screening Tenants!
- Tenant Welcome Letter: Get off to a good start with Tenants by providing them all the information they need about their new rental with this customizable welcome letter.
- Rent Ledger: This ledger helps Landlords keep track of rent payments, timely deal with any late payments, and keep thorough documentation should a problem arise with renters.
Georgia Rental Forms and Templates
Landlords need more than a great Lease. They need property management forms too.
And we’ve got them! We have over 450 forms to make life EZ for Landlords, including over 200 FREE forms. Here are a few popular Georgia forms:
- Georgia 3-Day Demand for Possession: This Demand is used with occupants that have not paid rent. It must be filed before initiating eviction proceedings.
- Georgia 3-Day Notice to Quit: This Notice is for Lease violations for reasons other than nonpayment of rent. This must be used before starting eviction proceedings.
- Georgia Eviction Procedures Guide: This guide is a great resource for Landlords that need to evict Tenants. It provides vital information about both Landlords and Tenants rights.
- Georgia Landlord-Tenant Laws Guide: This document is provided by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs to give Landlords EZ access to all applicable Lease laws.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Does a Lease Agreement need to be notarized in Georgia?
No. The Rental Contract just needs to be signed by both the Landlord and Tenant to be legally binding.
How long can a Residential Lease be in Georgia?
The standard Lease term in Georgia is one year. However, longer Lease terms are allowed as long as it’s clearly stated in the Lease Agreement and both parties agree to the longer term.
While one year is standard, parties can agree on the Lease term that works for them and then specify that in the Lease Agreement.
What is a Lease Agreement?
A Lease Agreement - sometimes referred to as a Rental Contract or Rental Agreement - creates a contractual relationship between a Landlord, or lessor, and a Tenant, or lessee. The Lease outlines all terms of the Leasing arrangement including Lease term, rent amount, and any additional fees or deposits.
A basic Lease - for example, the one offered by the Georgia Association of Realtors - provides blank spaces for Landlords to fill in this key information. A more thorough Lease covers all rules, terms, and policies and is customized to the unique requirements of each rental property.
Both types are legally binding, but should a Tenant break the Lease or cause problems with the property, a comprehensive Lease means more protection for Landlords.
Who Needs a Lease Agreement?
Anyone who rents real estate needs a Lease Agreement. This is true whether you’re renting commercial or residential real estate and whether you’re renting a single-family home, apartment, condo, or duplex.
Even if you’re renting to someone you know or only for a short term, it’s vital that you have a Lease Agreement. The Lease provides the key terms and protects the Landlord if there are problems with the Tenant or damage to the property.
Learn more about why the Lease matters so much with this quick video: Landlording 101: Understanding and Creating a Great Lease Agreement
Pro Tip: Never hand over possession of your rental unit until the Tenant has signed a thorough Lease Agreement.
Can I download my Lease Agreement after creating it?
Yes! Once you create a Rental Contract, it can be reviewed and signed entirely online. It can also be easily downloaded, saved as a PDF, or printed. We make it EZ to print, download, share, and save your Lease.
Plus, keep in mind that your Lease will be automatically stored securely with our ezCloudStorage. This means you can rest EZ knowing you’ll be able to access your executed Lease anytime.
Other State Leases You Might Need
As Pro Landlords ourselves, we know it’s common to have rental properties in multiple states. That means you need a state-specific Lease for every state where you have a rental property.
We’ve got state-specific Leases for all 50 states! You can find the one you need here. Plus, here are some that Georgia Landlords often need:
- Alabama Lease Agreement: EZ to customize entirely online with our Lease Builder Wizard!
- Florida Rental Contract: Guaranteed to comply with all FL Lease laws!
- South Carolina Residential Lease Agreement: Review and sign entirely online with our electronic signing tool, ezSign.
- Tennessee Rental Agreement: Create a complete Lease Package for your Tennessee rentals.
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