Georgia Tenant Laws and Rights
Georgia Tenant Laws and Rights
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Feb 17,2023

Georgia Tenant Laws and Rights

As a tenant in the great state of Georgia, you have rights and responsibilities for your protection. Most people often sign lease agreements without knowing tenancy laws or rights, resulting in inconveniences or legal action in the future. If you own rental property or planning to rent, we recommend consulting a professional property management company for guidance. The last thing you want is to commit to a lease that doesn’t suit your lifestyle or preferences. At 3 Options Realty, we have seasoned property managers with extensive knowledge to help you make the right choice.

Are You a Tenant?

If you are staying at a hotel, you are technically a guest, meaning the landlord doesn’t require legal procedures to evict you. The property owner can change the locks without notice if you are late with the rent or violate building rules. The landlord may also sell your belongings to cover your bill, which is not ideal. Knowing if you are a guest or tenant in Georgia is critical before finding yourself locked out. Property managers can provide a rundown of your rights as a tenant or guest, allowing you to choose if it’s the best place for you.

Before You Move In

Whether you are moving into an apartment or house, inspect it to ensure it’s in good condition before signing the lease. We recommend hiring a professional to conduct inspections and list damages that need repairs or replacement. The landlord should sign the list and hand you a copy, so you can confirm everything is repaired before moving in.

The lease spells out your responsibilities and rights as a tenant and states all the vital information about the tenancy. It stipulates the duration, repair procedures, renewal conditions, rent due date, and more. If you have questions about the lease, the landlord or property management company will address them, so you are comfortable. Get a copy of the signed lease by both parties.

Most landlords require tenants to pay a security deposit the same amount as the rent or slightly more. Some property managers require the deposit to be paid in an escrow count, and the number, as well as the location of the account, are disclosed for transparency.

During Tenancy

The landlord or property management company should handle repairs to keep the property in good condition. Georgia prohibits landlords from demanding tenants to pay for repairs unless the tenant caused the damage. As mentioned, always keep a copy of repair requests in writing, ensuring maintenance is done on time and complies with local housing code departments.

If the repairs aren’t addressed, the landlord violates the law, and you can sue for damages or hire a professional to handle them. If you spend your money on repairs, document everything for legal reasons when you try to recover the money. When you finally decide to move out, give the landlord a 30-day notice so they can reimburse the security deposit in full.

Contact us at 3 Options Realty to learn more about Georgia tenant laws and regulations. We provide exceptional property management services at competitive rates.

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