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Landlord Legislation in Georgia

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GA SB75 Termination of Residential Lease; victims of stalking; provide

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 44-7-23 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to termination of residential lease after issuance of civil family violence order or criminal family violence order, notice, and occupancy, so as to provide for lease terminations for victims of stalking; to provide for a definition; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Kim Jackson Brian Strickland Elena Parent Kay Kirkpatrick Nikki Merritt Sonya Halpern Nan Orrock Sheikh Rahman Michael Rhett Sally Harrell Houston Gaines
Last Action
House Passed/Adopted
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2021-sb75/

GA HB818 Property; residential eviction diversion programs; provide

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 7 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to landlord and tenant, so as to provide for residential eviction diversion programs; to provide for dispossessory procedures under certain circumstances; to provide for certain notices to tenants for dispossessory proceedings; to provide for mediation; to provide for rules and regulations; to require landlord participation; to provide for defenses; to provide for related matters; to provide for an effective date and applicability; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Marvin Lim Sandra Scott Samuel Park Zulma Lopez Mesha Mainor
Last Action
House First Readers
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2021-hb818/

GA HB138 Property; certain landlords shall provide certain notices to existing and prospective tenants with regard to certain crimes occurring on the premises being leased; provide

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 1 of Chapter 7 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to landlord and tenant in general, so as to provide that certain landlords shall provide certain notices to existing and prospective tenants with regard to certain crimes occurring on the premises being leased; to provide for sanctions; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Mesha Mainor Derek Mallow Mandisha Thomas Marvin Lim Zulma Lopez
Last Action
Senate Read and Referred
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2021-hb138/

GA HB524 Property; landlords to provide residential tenants with a notice of tenants’ rights and responsibilities; require

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 1 of Chapter 7 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to landlord and tenant generally, so as to require landlords to provide residential tenants with a notice of tenants' rights and responsibilities; to provide for such notice; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Marvin Lim Samuel Park Mesha Mainor Mandisha Thomas
Last Action
House Second Readers
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2021-hb524/

GA HB301 Property; dispossessory proceedings; provide for certain notices to tenants

Introduced Session

2021-2022 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 3 of Chapter 7 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to dispossessory proceedings, so as to provide for certain notices to tenants for dispossessory proceedings; to provide for sufficiency of notices for termination of tenancies; to provide for responses to dispossessory proceedings; to provide for stays of writs of possession under certain circumstances; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Samuel Park Billy Mitchell Roger Bruce Sandra Scott Kim Schofield Calvin Smyre
Last Action
House Second Readers
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2021-hb301/

GA HB346 Property; prohibit retaliation by a landlord against a tenant for taking certain actions

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 1 of Chapter 7 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to landlord and tenant generally, so as to prohibit retaliation by a landlord against a tenant for taking certain actions; to provide for circumstances that are not considered retaliation; to provide for remedies; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Sharon Cooper Houston Gaines Jan Jones Deborah Silcox Jesse Stone
Last Action
Effective Date
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2019-hb346/

GA HB1167 Atlanta, City of; ad valorem tax for municipal purposes; provide new homestead exemption

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to provide for a new homestead exemption from City of Atlanta ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes in the amount of $30,000.00 for each resident of the City of Atlanta who holds real property subject to a written lease having an initial term of not less than 99 years with a landlord that is an entity exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code and who owns all improvements located on the real property; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for applicability; to provide for related matters; to provide for compliance with constitutional requirements; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Park Cannon Mable Thomas Patricia Gardner David Dreyer Kim Schofield Bee Nguyen Nan Orrock
Last Action
Effective Date
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2019-hb1167/

GA SB531 City of Atlanta; ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes; new homestead exemption; provide

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to provide for a new homestead exemption from City of Atlanta ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes in the amount of $30,000.00 for each resident of the City of Atlanta who holds real property subject to a written lease having an initial term of not less than 99 years with a landlord that is an entity exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code and who owns all improvements located on the real property; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for applicability; to provide for related matters; to provide for compliance with constitutional requirements; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Nan Orrock Jennifer Jordan Horacena Tate
Last Action
House Second Readers
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2019-sb531/

GA HB635 Atlanta, City of; ad valorem tax for municipal purposes; provide for a new homestead exemption

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to provide for a new homestead exemption from City of Atlanta ad valorem taxes for municipal purposes in the amount of $30,000.00 for each resident of the City of Atlanta who holds real property subject to a written lease having an initial term of not less than 99 years with a landlord that is an entity exempt from taxation under Section 501(c)(3) of the federal Internal Revenue Code and who owns all improvements located on the real property; to provide for definitions; to specify the terms and conditions of the exemption and the procedures relating thereto; to provide for applicability; to provide for related matters; to provide for compliance with constitutional requirements; to provide for a referendum, effective dates, and automatic repeal; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Park Cannon David Dreyer Patricia Gardner Mable Thomas Kim Schofield Sheila Jones
Last Action
Effective Date
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2019-hb635/

GA HB492 Property; dispossessory proceedings; require applications for execution of a writ of possession be made within 30 days of issuance of the writ unless good cause is shown

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 3 of Chapter 7 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to dispossessory proceedings, so as require applications for execution of a writ of possession be made within 30 days of the issuance of the writ unless good cause is shown; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Bonnie Rich Beth Moore Matthew Wilson Barry Fleming Jesse Stone
Last Action
Effective Date
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2019-hb492/

GA HB1184 Property; dispossessory proceedings; provide for certain notices to tenants

Introduced Session

2019-2020 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 3 of Chapter 7 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to dispossessory proceedings, so as to provide for certain notices to tenants for dispossessory proceedings; to provide for sufficiency of notices for termination of tenancies; to provide for responses to dispossessory proceedings; to provide for stays of writs of possession under certain circumstances; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Samuel Park Billy Mitchell Karen Bennett Carolyn Hugley David Dreyer Park Cannon
Last Action
House Second Readers
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2019-hb1184/

GA HB834 Landlord and tenant; termination of a rental or lease agreement under circumstances involving family violence; provide

Introduced Session

2017-2018 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 1 of Chapter 7 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions concerning landlord and tenant, so as to provide for the termination of a rental or lease agreement for residential real estate under circumstances involving family violence; to provide for definitions; to provide for notice and terms of termination; to provide for applicability; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Mandi Ballinger Beth Beskin Shaw Blackmon Scott Hilton John Corbett Katie Dempsey Jesse Stone
Last Action
Effective Date
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2017-hb834/

GA SB466 Landlord and Tenant; definition; application screening fees; limit the amount of such fees; provide

Introduced Session

2017-2018 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 1 of Chapter 7 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to landlord and tenant generally, so as to provide a definition; to provide for application screening fees; to limit the amount of such fees; to provide for the refund of such fees under certain circumstances; to provide for certain disclosures to rejected applicants; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Gloria Butler Steve Henson Nan Orrock
Last Action
Senate Read and Referred
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2017-sb466/

GA HB954 Property; retaliation by landlord against a tenant for taking certain actions; prohibit

Introduced Session

2017-2018 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 1 of Chapter 7 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to landlord and tenant generally, so as to prohibit retaliation by a landlord against a tenant for taking certain actions; to provide for circumstances that are not considered retaliation; to provide for remedies; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Scott Hilton Sharon Cooper Wendell Willard Jan Jones Mary Oliver Jimmy Pruett
Last Action
House Second Readers
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2017-hb954/

GA HB281 Georgia Tenant Victim Protection Act; enact

Introduced Session

2017-2018 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 7 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to landlord and tenant, so as to enact the "Tenant Victim Protection Act"; to provide for a short title; to provide for definitions; to provide for victims of family violence, sexual assault, stalking, or unlawful harassment who are tenants to terminate rental agreements; to provide for procedures and a form regarding same; to provide for the discharge of such tenants' obligation to pay rent; to protect against the waiver of certain confidential or privileged communications; to protect tenants from retaliation or discrimination for terminating rental agreements; to provide for applicability; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Scott Holcomb
Last Action
House Second Readers
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2017-hb281/

GA HB745 Landlord and tenant; termination of a residential rental agreement under circumstances involving family violence; provide

Introduced Session

2017-2018 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 1 of Chapter 7 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to general provisions concerning landlord and tenant, so as to provide for the termination of a residential rental agreement under circumstances involving family violence; to provide for definitions; to provide for notice and terms of termination; to provide for applicability; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Scott Holcomb Mandi Ballinger Mary Oliver Richard Smith Trey Kelley Robert Trammell
Last Action
House Committee Favorably Reported By Substitute
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2017-hb745/

GA SB443 Security Deposits; lists of existing defects and of damages before and after a tenancy; provisions; clarify

Introduced Session

2017-2018 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 2 of Chapter 7 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to security deposits, so as to clarify provisions relating to lists of existing defects and of damages before and after a tenancy; to clarify provisions relating to the return of a security deposit and an action to recover such security deposit; to correct cross-references; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Jesse Stone
Last Action
House Second Readers
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2017-sb443/

GA HB611 Health; landlord to disclose evidence of mold to a tenant; require

Introduced Session

2015-2016 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 31 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to health, so as to require a landlord to disclose evidence of mold to a tenant; to provide for legislative findings; to provide for definitions; to provide for remediation; to provide for temporary relocation; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Patricia Gardner Mary Oliver Mable Thomas
Last Action
House Second Readers
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2015-hb611/

GA SB247 Landlord and Tenant; clarify and modernize the law governing landlords and tenants; provide for definitions; duties of landlords

Introduced Session

2015-2016 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 1 of Chapter 7 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to landlord and tenant generally, so as to clarify and modernize the law governing landlords and tenants; to provide for definitions; to provide for the duties of landlords; to provide for duties of tenants; to establish rights and remedies for landlords and tenants; to provide requirements for notice; to provide for entry to premises; to provide for statutory construction; to provide for legislative findings; to provide for related matters; to provide for applicability; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Steve Henson
Last Action
Senate Read and Referred
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2015-sb247/

GA HB379 Landlords and tenants; storage of tenant’s personal property for two weeks after execution of writ of possession; provide

Introduced Session

2013-2014 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Article 3 of Chapter 7 of Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to dispossessory proceedings relative to landlords and tenants, so as to provide for the storage of a tenant's personal property for two weeks after the execution of a writ of possession; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Sandra Scott Darryl Jordan Sharon Beasley-Teague Tyrone Brooks
Last Action
House Second Readers
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2013-hb379/

GA HB445 Property; foreclosure; provide definitions; change multiple provisions

Introduced Session

2011-2012 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Title 44 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to property, so as to provide for security deposits when residential rental property has been foreclosed upon; to change provisions relating to judgments and writs of possession; to provide for a definition; to provide for rights and remedies of tenants when their rental property has been foreclosed upon; to provide for notices to tenants who reside in property being foreclosed upon; to change provisions relating to sales made on foreclosure under power of sale; to prohibit wrongfully inducing a tenant to vacate property being foreclosed upon; to provide for specified civil damages; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Edward Lindsey Andrew Welch Stacey Evans
Last Action
House Second Readers
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2011-hb445/

GA HB823 Landlord and tenant; lease agreement; promissory notes or notes of obligation; clarify certain provisions

Introduced Session

2009-2010 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Code Section 44-7-2 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to parol contracts creating a landlord and tenant relationship, certain provisions prohibited, and the effect of a provision for attorney's fees in a landlord and tenant agreement, so as to clarify that certain provisions relating to promissory notes or notes of obligation shall not apply to lease agreements; to provide for related matters; to provide an effective date; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Bob Smith
Last Action
House Second Readers
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2009-hb823/

GA HB716 Buildings; Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program; owner give notice; provide

Introduced Session

2009-2010 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 2 of Title 8 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to standards and requirements for construction, alteration, etc., of buildings and other structures, so as to define a term; to provide that before agreeing to participate in the federal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, a landlord, property manager, or property owner shall give certain notice; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Hinton Amerson Sean Jerguson Jeff May
Last Action
House Withdrawn, Recommitted
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2009-hb716/

GA HB460 Buildings and other structures; Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program; give notice; provide

Introduced Session

2009-2010 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 2 of Title 8 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to standards and requirements for construction, alteration, etc., of buildings and other structures, so as to define a term; to provide that before agreeing to participate in the federal Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program, a landlord, property manager, or property owner shall give certain notice; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Dee Dawkins-Haigler Mike Glanton Carolyn Hugley Sean Jerguson Jeff May Jimmy Pruett
Last Action
House Withdrawn, Recommitted
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2009-hb460/

GA HB1300 Lead poisoning; identification and abatement of hazards; revise provisions

Introduced Session

2009-2010 Regular Session

Summary
A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 41 of Title 31 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to lead poisoning prevention, so as to extensively revise the provisions of Article 1 of said chapter relating to identification and abatement of lead hazards; to define terms; to change provisions relating to activities which are regulated; to change provisions relating to licensure and regulation of persons carrying out abatement activities; to provide for administrative sanctions and penalties; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.
Sponsors
Kathy Ashe Patricia Gardner Judith Manning Lynn Smith Joe Wilkinson Wendell Willard
Last Action
House Committee Favorably Reported
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/ga-2009-hb1300/

Must-Know Georgia Landlord-Tenant Laws

Law For Landlords

In the U.S., there are nearly 48.5 million rental units. A little over half of these rental units are owned by business entities, while the rest are owned by individual investors.

There are a lot of good reasons to own rental property in, including providing a passive income source as well as the potential for property value appreciation. Many Americans have managed to make rental property ownership their full-time job, while others might keep a few rental properties as a way of making extra income.

If you are considering becoming a landlord, you likely have a lot of questions. What regulations do landlords need to know? What should I know as a landlord in general?

Understanding landlord-tenant laws is essential for protecting yourself legally and financially. Here’s a brief guide for self-managing landlords regarding some of the most important federal and state laws.

The Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act is one of the two major federal laws that impact all property managers and landlords across the country. This is a law that prohibits discrimination due to national origin, race, religion, color, disability, sex or familial status. This law applies to:

  • Renting or buying a home
  • Seeking housing assistance
  • Getting a mortgage
  • Engaging in other housing-related activities

This law extends beyond leasing where landlords are concerned. It also applies to advertising, meaning that it is illegal to market your properties to any specific group of people.

Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act is a law that requires landlords to do a number of things when running a credit check. These include receiving permission from an applicant to run a credit report, informing the applicant if their credit report was the basis for adverse action or denial, and providing specific information regarding the credit reporting agency they used

Law Paint Law

It is required by landlords under federal law to disclose the presence of lead paint. They are not required to remove lead paint under federal law, but state laws might dictate otherwise. It’s important to learn about your state and municipality laws regarding lead paint in addition to the federal law.

Discrimination Law

Beyond the Federal Fair Housing Act, state and local laws might provide additional protection beyond the federal law. These might extend protections to people based on their sexual orientation, age, marital status, political association and even hairstyle.

Tenant Duties

While your tenant is responsible for some things, you should know what those things are as the landlord. Then, you can include those duties in your lease agreement. If a tenant doesn’t fulfill their duties, you may be able to provide a notice to vacate in law. Your tenants need to comply with local health and building codes to keep themselves and others safe. They also need to dispose of garbage safely and legally, and they need to use the property reasonably. That means living in the property, but unreasonable uses could include conducting business. Tenants are also responsible for keeping the property clean on a daily basis. They also can’t do anything that would disturb their neighbors, especially if you own a duplex or a similar property. A tenant must also ensure their guests also comply with these requirements. And whenever your tenant has any issues, they must notify you so that you can correct the problem.

Security Deposit Limit

Before a tenant moves in, you can charge them a security deposit. Fortunately, doesn’t have any limitations regarding the amount the deposit can be. You can set an amount based on the property’s rent or value. And you can charge a security deposit for short-term or long-term leases. Then, you can hold onto that amount for the duration of the tenant’s stay. While you can use the money from the deposit, it’s smart to keep it in a separate account. When the tenant moves out, you can make sure you have enough money to pay them back. You can outline the terms of the security deposit, such as the amount and when you will return it, in your lease agreement. That way, you and your tenant both understand the terms, and you can use similar language if you ever buy property in another state.

A Legal Lease Document

Each state and some municipalities might have laws regarding the lease contract. Rental contracts must abide by all laws and be legally written. It is necessary to indicate tenant names, monthly rental rates, and leasing periods clearly.

In some jurisdictions, it is required that certain legal disclosures be included in the lease document. Working with a lawyer to produce your rental contract can help ensure that the lease provides all of the required information and doesn’t break any federal, state, or local laws.

Required Disclosures

It is common in many states to require landlords to inform tenants about individual landlord policies, certain state laws, or specific information about the rental. It might be required that this is disclosed within the lease itself or in additional documentation.

It’s important to look into your state’s requirements about disclosures. However, some commonly required disclosures include notice of recent deaths, mold, meth contamination, or other safety or health hazards.

Providing a Safe Environment

One important landlord-tenant law has to do with the habitability of the rental unit. The definition of “safe, habitable condition” might be different between states. For this reason, you must familiarize yourself with the laws for landlords in your location.

Typically, this means that the property cannot have serious deficiencies. It also means that fixtures, appliances, heating, and plumbing need to be in working order. You also cannot rent out a property that is infested with pests or insects.

 Landlords are usually responsible for dealing with infestations even if the outbreak happens after the tenant moves in. However, in many states, this can be avoided by specifying that the renter is responsible for pest control.

Laws About Making Repairs

In the lease agreement, it will be outlined that the tenants are responsible for reporting necessary repairs. It then becomes the landlord’s responsibility to complete the repairs within an appropriate amount of time.

If a landlord doesn’t make a repair in a timely manner in a way that impacts the safety or health of a tenant, a tenant might have the right to withhold rent.

Security Deposits

It is common for landlords to require a security deposit from the tenant. This is in order to cover the costs of any damage the tenant causes or if they fail to pay rent. A landlord must refund the security deposit unless it is needed to cover the cost of fixing property damage or covering default rent payments.

In some states, how the security deposit is kept is dictated by the law. It is also typically required that an itemized list of deductions must be provided to the tenant if the landlord is using some of the deposit for these purposes.

The unused portion of the deposit must be returned and the itemized statement must be provided. If they aren’t, the landlord can face financial and legal repercussions.

Renters Right To Privacy

Most landlord-tenant rules and regulations cover the right to quiet enjoyment of a tenant. This means that it is their right to live on a property undisturbed. The landlord must give proper notice before entering the rental unit, which is usually 24 to 48 hours unless there is an emergency.

Landlords can only enter the rental property for valid reasons and at a reasonable time of day after giving notice.

Landlord-Tenant Laws: Essential For Protecting Yourself Legally and Financially

Without a good understanding of landlord-tenant laws, you can find yourself in a mess of legal and financial trouble. It’s therefore very important to familiarize yourself with the federal, state, and local laws regarding the rights of tenants and the responsibilities of landlords.

Are you looking for more valuable resources to serve as a guide for self-managing landlords? You can find more resources and guides here.

Reviewing Laws for Landlords

Understanding laws for landlords is essential for keeping your properties up and running. It can also protect you and your finances if you have a problematic tenant or experience other issues. Whether you just bought your first rental property or are looking to expand, you should understand how these laws affect you. That way, you won’t have to worry about losing everything. Do you want to learn more about laws for landlords? Let us know.

Please understand that because of the nature of the topic, this page has been written in a generalized form. Further guidance should be sought on the topic being searched by the landlord.

Georgia Landlord Legislation Blog

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Eviction Moratorium Ends

Time to Focus on Rental Assistance Breaking News August 27, 2021 The U.S. Supreme Court ended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) eviction moratorium Thursday night, giving much-needed relief to America’s small housing providers facing financial hardship for more than a year. In a 6-3 ruling, a majority of justices agreed that the stay on the lower court’s order finding the CDC’s eviction moratorium to be unlawful was no longer justified. In their order, the justices wrote, “The

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A Guide to Section 8 for Landlords

Over 10 million Americans are afforded federal rental assistance under a program known as Section 8 housing. This federal rental assistance can be used all over the United States, which means that all US landlords should have a basic understanding of what Section 8 is and how it works. In short, Section 8 housing provides a solution for low-income families and individuals who are in need of housing. But how does Section 8 housing work for landlords? If you’ve poked around online

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Pros and Cons of Month-to-Month Rental Leases

The real estate market is in a particularly unusual state in 2021 as the overall economy seeks to correct itself during an ongoing pandemic. One of the more surprising results of the past year is that while housing prices are going up, the cost to rent is, in many places, going down or stabilizing. Now is a great time for property owners to analyze the kind of leasing agreements they typically offer. Is month-to-month rental a better solution in the present,

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A Guide to Squatter Rights- What Landlords Absolutely Need to Know

If you’re a landlord who has recently discovered the presence of unknown tenants living in one of your properties, you’re probably wondering what to do next. Is this trespassing? Can you simply kick them out? The answer is not quite so simple, assuming these unexpected tenants are squatters. We tend to think of squatters in basic, colloquial terms: people who have moved into a property they don’t own or rent and live there without permission. However, you’ve probably also heard

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A Complete Guide to Every Step in the Eviction Process

As a landlord, your hope is to bring on high-quality tenants that abide by the lease and pay rent on time each month. However, you might be surprised at how likely it is that you could find yourself going through the eviction process at some point in your tenure. In the past few years, US eviction data was compiled and revealed just how common evictions actually are. In fact, in 2016 alone, 2.3 million evictions were filed in America. Our goal is

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The Landlord’s Guide to Rent Collection

There are over 10 million individual landlords in the United States, each with its own methods for rent collection. How a landlord collects rent, what they charge, and how they deal with late payments has to do both with their personal preferences and the laws in their state. Renting is a great way to earn side money or even a full liveable income, but there are many things to consider before you begin looking for tenants. If you have a property you’re interested

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