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Georgia Tenant Screening

It is essential to thoroughly check a prospective tenant even if the tenant appears charming and has all the answers to your questions. The more thorough screening you do and the greater you find out about the tenant's past. The Koleman Group LLC can give you the full Georgia Tenant Screening forms that must thoroughly screen prospective tenants in your rental properties. Utilizing the comprehensive Georgia Tenant Screening forms provided by TKG. You can conduct a screening of more than just simple questions. Find crucial information like rental history and credit history, criminal history at the local and federal, state, and local levels, and more serious offenses like sexual offender convictions or terrorism convictions.

Tenants who are not trustworthy can damage their reputations and yours if you rent to tenants who engage in illegal actions or disturb their neighbors. Landlords are covered from the property being used as a place for prostitution, sub-letting, or assigning to a third party that may be a result of other forms of criminal activity under Georgia Code SS 44-7-18. This will free the landlord of the burden of renting to the tenant; however, why risk it at all? Make sure to check prospective tenants in advance thoroughly. Although some tenants may have experienced issues in the past paying rent because of temporary job losses, they can still be a reliable tenant after the screening process has shown they do not have a criminal record or other issues and the tenant is back to work. You may be missing out on an excellent tenant who pays rent on time, takes good care of their property, and avoid disturbing neighbors the same way you may be a victim of a devastating loss if you do not make use of the proper Georgia Tenant Screening forms and tools to eliminate poor applicants. Be aware that screening costs screening is typically passed on to tenants, and the Georgia tenant background check packages provided by the TKG come with a complimentary tenant credit score.


The Koleman Group LLC provides tenant screening background checks nationwide. Are you looking for the tenant screening report in a state other than Georgia? Go to the tenant background checks section to find out more.

Georgia Landlord-Tenant Law

Georgia Landlord-Tenant Laws set out within Georgia Code Title 44 Chapter 7 regulates those responsible for the rental of residential properties and the rights and obligations of tenants and owners. The Georgia Landlord Tenant Handbook, released through the State of Georgia Department of Community Affairs, highlights that "there is no governmental agency with authority to intervene in disputes between the landlord and a tenant to oblige either side to act in a specific way. The landlord or tenant who is unable to settle disputes by themselves would have to seek out the courts in either direction and through an attorney to ensure their rights under the law."

The information provided herein is not an alternative to legal advice. Therefore, if you have any questions or concerns about Georgia Landlord-Tenant Laws, it is recommended that you seek the advice of your lawyer and Georgia Legal Aid.

Georgia Landlord Tenant Laws - Flood Notice

Georgia Code 44-7-20 provides landlords provide tenants with written notice when they believe that a rental property is susceptible to flooding. In addition, the law requires that "before signing an agreement in writing to lease the leasehold rights of the property, the owner must either in person or by an agent inform the potential tenant in written form of the property's likelihood of flooding in the event that flooding has caused damage to any part of the living space that is covered by the lease or any attachments to it." A property owner is legally responsible for the failure to provide tenants with notice of flooding before the tenure.

Georgia Leasing Tenancy Laws Security Deposit

Security deposits under Georgia Landlord Tenant Laws are dealt with by Georgia Code Title 44, Chapter 7, Article 2 "Security Deposits." The legal definition of the term "security deposit" within Georgia is:

(3) "Security deposit" refers to money or any other type of security provided following July 1st, 1976, or by the tenant to the landlord stored on behalf of the landlord according to a residential rental agreement. However, it includes not included in damages deposits, deposits for rent, advance rent deposits, and pet deposits. In addition, this term does not encompass non-refundable fees, money, or any other type of consideration that is not refundable to the tenant in accordance with the residential rental agreement or used towards the rental payment or reimbursement of the services or utilities offered for the tenant.

Georgia Lease Tenant Law under 44-7-34 requires the security deposit to be returned to the tenant after the termination of the tenancy. This is not the case for damages that the tenant causes. Another reason it is important to have this form for security deposits when you buy the Georgia Landlord forms, the Move In/Move out Checklist, and the Notice of Right to Inspect prior to termination of tenancy Forms. These forms safeguard the landlord regarding security deposits in accordance with Georgia Landlord-Tenant Laws.

The law governing security deposits also safeguards tenants. While the landlord has the right to keep a portion of the entire security amount at the tenancy's end, tenants may have the right to object. The tenant could have grounds to protest against withholding any part or all of the security deposits. This is governed by 44-7-33(C), particularly "A tenant who disputes the exactness of the final damage list provided according to paragraph (b) (b) of the Code section may file an action before any court with authority in the state of Washington to get the amount that is a security deposit that the tenant believes was wrongly kept for damage to the property. According to the Code subsection, the tenant's rights are restricted to the items the tenant specifically disapproved of." When you complete appropriate forms at the beginning and throughout your tenancy, it is less likely an action that arises from security deposits.

Georgia Tenant and Landlord Laws Responsibilities of landlord and tenant

Georgia Lease Tenant Laws state that the landlord must "keep the property in good repair. He is responsible for any substantial improvements made on the property with his agreement," as outlined in 44-7-13. If the landlord is not able to repair the property or repairs, the tenant may pursue a lawsuit against the landlord in the event that the landlord fails to fix the property.

A tenant is responsible for paying rent in time, maintaining his property clean and in condition, and leaving the property after the lease period under Article 3. The landlord cannot cut off services or take other actions beyond the courts in the case that the tenant is unable to pay rent. If the landlord seeks to enforce an action under Dispossessory Proceedings, the tenant could submit an answer and any evidence necessary to contest the claim. If, however, a landlord agrees to pay late rent, the landlord can't seek action in accordance with Article 3.

Georgia laws on landlord-tenant termination of tenancy for service members

In accordance with Georgia Landlord-Tenant Laws, 44-7-22 active duty military members may end a lease before the expiration of lease terms by giving a written 30-day notice if:

(1) The employee is obliged, as per the permanent change of station directive, to travel 35 miles or more away from the place of the rental property;

(2) The member of the service is discharged from active duty following the rental property lease. In contrast, in active duty, the rental property is located 35 miles or more away from the residence of record prior to the time they enter active duty.

The service member may also end the lease if the individual is deemed eligible for housing from the government or is granted a change of orders.


The information provided in this document is intended to replace legal advice. Contact an attorney if you have any concerns about Georgia law regarding landlord-tenant.

Updated on 2022-06-07 21:33:49 by larry coleman

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