All states, including Georgia, are mandated by Federal law to contain certain disclosures in their lease agreements. For example, all lease and rental agreements should contain:
- the identifying details of both the landlord and tenant,
- the address of the premises,
- pet allowances and prohibitions,
- disclosures regarding health and lead-based hazards,
- security deposit specifics
Below you’ll also find specific leasing requirements for the state of Georgia that you should familiarize yourself with.
Other Georgia Real Estate documents you might be interested in are:
- Sublease Agreement – Used by a tenant to rent out all or part of their rented property to a new tenant.
- Eviction Notice – Used by a landlord to start the eviction process with a current tenant.
1. Georgia Residential Lease Agreement Sample PDF
The sample lease agreement below describes a contract between “Landlord” Harry Peterson and “Tenant” Selena Smith. She agrees to rent a townhouse in Atlanta for $900.00 per month on a month-by-month basis. The tenant agrees to pay for all utilities and services for the premises.
This is a good example of what provisions a simple lease agreement might contain, and how one should look in its final form.
2. Georgia Landlord and Tenant Laws
Georgia imposes specific and distinct requirements for landlords and tenants when executing a lease or rental agreement. For example, Georgia law (clarified in the Georgia Landlord Tenant Handbook) provides:
- A landlord is not restricted in the amount they may require from the tenant for the security deposit. (No statute)
Landlord Right of Entry:
- Georgia law only recommends that a landlord give notice before entering a property, but it is not required. (Landlord-Tenant Handbook, p. 13)
Additionally, Georgia law requires:
- A move-in or rental inspection checklist to be given to the tenant, outlining pre-existing damages. (O.C.G.A. § 44-7-34)
Further Contact Details:
- A landlord disclosure in writing of the names and addresses of the owner or owner’s authorized agent for service of process. (O.C.G.A. § 44-7-3)