Georgia Required Landlord Disclosures

Learn about the disclosures that landlords in Georgia must provide tenants, usually in the lease or rental agreement.

Georgia requires landlords to make the following disclosures to tenants.

Move-in checklist. Landlord cannot collect a security deposit until he has given tenant a list of preexisting damage, but this isn’t an interactive checklist. (Ga. Code Ann. § 44-7-33)

Rental regulations.  Before signing a lease, if premises have been flooded three or more times within the past five years, landlord must so disclose in writing.

Flooding.  Before signing a lease, if the living space or attachments have been damaged by flooding three or more times within the past five years, landlord must so disclose in writing. (Ga. Code Ann. § 44-7-20)

Owner or agent identity. When or before a tenancy begins, landlord must disclose in writing the names and addresses of the owner of record or a person authorized to act for the owner for purposes of service of process and receiving and receipting demands and notices; and the person authorized to manage the premises. If such information changes during the tenancy, landlord must advise tenant within 30 days in writing or by posting a notice in a conspicuous place. (Ga. Code Ann. § 44-7-3)

Security deposit. Landlord must give tenant a written list of preexisting damage to the rental before collecting a security deposit.  Landlords must place the deposit in an escrow account in a state or federally regulated depository, and must inform the tenant of the location of this account. Alternatively, landlords may post a security bond securing all tenants' deposits. A landlord who owns ten or fewer rental units, unless those units are managed by an outside party, does not need to supply a written list of preexisting damage place the deposit in an escrow account. (Ga. Code Ann. §§ 44-7-30 to 44-7-37)

Former resident's crimes. If asked by a prospective tenant, landlord must answer truthfully when questioned about whether the rental was the site of a homicide or other felony, or a suicide or a death by accidental or natural causes; or whether it was occupied by a person who was infected with a virus or any other disease that has been determined by medical evidence as being highly unlikely to be transmitted through the occupancy of a dwelling place presently or previously occupied by such an infected person. (Ga. Code Ann. § 44-1-16)

Check the Georgia statute (Ga. Code Ann. §§ 44-7-3, 44-7-20,  44-7-30 to 44-7-37) for details on these disclosures. See the Laws and Legal Research section of Nolo for advice on finding and reading statutes and court decisions.

Also, check your local ordinance for any city or county disclosure requirements. To find yours, check your city or county website (many are listed on State and Local Government on the Net), or contact the office of your mayor, city manager, or county administrator.

Finally, see the Required Landlord Disclosures article for details on federally-required landlord disclosures and other information on disclosures about the rental property.

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