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Georgia Lease Agreement

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Georgia Residential Lease Agreement
TurboTenant's Georgia lease agreement, crafted by local attorneys and property owners, ensures legal compliance and full protection for landlords.

TurboTenant presents a Georgia lease agreement, scrupulously authored and vetted by legal professionals and landlords from Georgia, to ensure compliance and protection for landlords during the rental process. Here’s an in-depth look at what goes into this essential document.

Personalized Lease

Section 1 is where landlords can tailor the lease to their specific circumstances, including tenant information, rental prices, and utility details. This section is completed during the lease creation process on TurboTenant’s platform. Designed for simplicity and understanding, the lease starts with a summary table for easy reference, followed by more detailed provisions, including policies on smoking, utilities, and key management.

Notable features of Section 1 include:

  • Additional Provisions: Landlords have the flexibility to insert specific rules or local clauses necessary for their property. It is prudent to review these with an attorney to ensure legal compliance.
  • Lost Key Policy: Should tenants fail to return keys at the end of their lease, they are held financially responsible for the cost of rekeying.

Georgia Specific Clauses

Section 2 corresponds with Georgia state law, providing clauses that are written to maintain legal compliance, but our Advanced Editor allows changes to be made with full disclosure that any edits may take you out of full compliance with state and/or local law and consultation with an attorney is advised. Highlighted clauses include:

  • Late Fees (Section 2.1): Rent is expected on the 1st of each month, with a late fee of 10% of unpaid rent enforceable if payment isn’t made by 5:00 pm on the 2nd.
  • Occupancy Limits and Guests (Section 2.5): The agreement defines who may reside on the property, including tenants and dependents, with guest limitations.
  • Notification of Repairs (Section 2.7): Tenants are obligated to pay for repairs resulting from misuse and must promptly report serious property issues.
  • Flooding Disclosure (Section 2.15): Landlords must disclose if the property has experienced significant flooding within the past five years.

General U.S. Landlord Clauses

The final section outlines clauses standard to lease agreements nationwide, emphasizing best practices for landlords:

  • Subletting (Section 3.1): Tenants need written consent from the landlord to sublease the property.
  • Property Alterations (Section 3.2): Any changes to the property must be approved by the landlord in writing.
  • Follow the Law (Section 3.14): Tenants must adhere to all applicable laws and avoid causing disturbances.
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What happens if a tenant fails to return their keys?

Tenants are required to pay for the full cost of rekeying if they fail to return all keys after their lease has ended.

What is the allowed late fee in Georgia?

Landlords can charge a late fee of 10% of the unpaid rent amount if rent is not paid by 5:00 pm on the 2nd day of the month.

Are landlords required to disclose flooding incidents in Georgia?

Yes, landlords must disclose whether the property has flooded three or more times within the last five years, as defined by Georgia Code.

What are the rules for security deposit returns in Georgia?

Landlords must inspect the premises within three business days after lease termination and provide a list of damages. Tenants have five business days to review and dispute the list. The security deposit must be returned within 30 days after possession, with a written statement of deductions if any.

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