Georgia Association of Realtors Residential Lease Agreement Template

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The Georgia Association of Realtors Agreement Template documents the tenets of a leasing arrangement between a landlord and a tenant. Such an agreement will need to cover a lot of ground as its existence will have a significant impact on a landlord’s income and a tenant’s lifestyle. This particular agreement will present itself as a form document, meaning it may be used multiple times so long as Georgia state laws and federal laws do not change. For a landlord with multiple rental spaces, such a tool can be quite useful as it standardizes the contract being used as a lease, the tenant will enjoy a clearly written contract, and both will enjoy the security a signed binding agreement provides.

The structure of this document will be simple to understand. It consists of disclosures and blank spaces where one may input negotiable terms. Both parties should make sure they have come to an agreement regarding the individual conditions and requirements of their agreement as this will be a legal contract obligating each signature party to the other under the terms and conditions stated within. On the whole, it is generally a good idea for both landlord and tenant to also seek an attorney for review should any questions regarding one’s responsibilities arise. This should be done before signing.

How to Write

Step 1 – Enter the amount the tenant has paid to enter the lease agreement and rent the unit the lease concerns itself with. On the following blank space, enter the date of the agreement.

Step 2 – Item 1, Parties: In section A of this item, enter the full name of the landlord

Step 3 – Item 1, Parties: In section B of this item enter the full name of each tenant entering the lease.

Step 4 – Item 2, Agreement to Lease: Enter the address of the property being rented.

Step 5 – Item 3, Term and Possession: On the first blank line, enter the date the lease shall commence on. This will be the first day the landlord and tenant will be held responsible to this documents terms and each other under its conditions.

Step 6 – Item 3, Term and Possession: Enter the date upon which the lease shall naturally terminate or end on the second blank line of this item.

Step 7 – Item 3, Term and Possession: On the third blank line of this item, enter the number of days from signing in which a tenant must be able to take possession of the property before seizing the right to terminate the agreement.

Step 8 – Item 4, Rent: On the first and second blank space (on the first line of this item), enter the amount a tenant must pay monthly in order to be in accordance with the lease.

Step 9 – Item 4, Rent: On the third blank space of this item, enter the total dollar amount that must be received by the landlord by the time the lease terminates.

Step 10 – Item 4, Rent: On the fifth blank space in this section enter the address where the rent must be delivered.

Step 11 – Item 5, Late Payment; Service Charge for Returned Checks: on the first line of this section, enter the time (and the letter ‘p’ for pm or ‘a’ for am) and day of the month where the rent will no longer be considered on time.

Step 12 – Item 5, Late Payment; Service Charge for Returned Checks: On the third blank space, enter the day of the month in which the landlord is no longer obligated to accept rent payment from the tenant.

Step 13 – Item 5, Late Payment; Service Charge for Returned Checks: On the fourth blank space, enter the penalty amount a tenant will be charged when a tenant pays the rent late and it is accepted.

Step 14 – Item 5, Late Payment Service Charge for Returned Checks: On the last blank line of this section, enter the service charge a tenant must pay if they have previously issued a bounced check or a check that is denied for insufficient funds as a rent payment.

Step 15 – Item 6, Dispossessory Fee: In the case where the tenant has not paid his or her rent, enter the calendar day of the month where the landlord may proceed with a dispossessory action.

Step 16 – Item 6, Dispossessory Fee: In some case, a tenant may pay the outstanding rent debt after a landlord has filed a suit. If the courts dismiss the landlord’s action, the landlord should enter a dollar amount on the second blank space in this paragraph the tenant must pay (in addition to his or her rent) to cover the landlord’s cost.

Step 17 – Item 6, Dispossessory Fee: If more than one dispossessory action was filed by the landlord, then enter the additional administrative fee a tenant must pay for each dispossessory action.

Step 18 – Item 7, Security Deposit: Section A of this item will require the name of the individual or “holder” of the security deposit necessary to rent the property on the first blank space.

Step 19 – Item 7, Security Deposit: On the second blank line in section A of this item, enter the total amount of the security deposit.

Step 20 – Item 7, Security Deposit: Finally, check the acceptable method by which the security deposit may be paid. (check, cash, certified check, money order, credit card) located at the bottom of section A.

Step 21 – Item 7, Security Deposit: In section B of this item, report whether the rent is being held in an Escrow/Trust Account or in a General Account. Indicate the applicable account by checking the box next to one of these choices then name the financial institution.

Step 22 – Item 7, Security Deposit: In section E, enter the amount of money that may be required of either party upon request to rekey the locks.

Step 23 – Item 8, Administrative Fee: Enter the dollar amount of the administrative fee for the lease which the tenant is obligated to pay.

Step 24 – Item 10, Utilities: Check the utilities that are available for the tenant on the property

Step 25 – Item 10, Utilities: On the first blank line of this item, enter the utilities which a landlord will be responsible to provide without requiring additional payment from the tenant.

Step 26 – item 10, Utilities: Enter the number of days the tenant has to assume responsibility for the utilities necessary for the rental.

Step 27 – Item 12, Tenant’s Responsibilities: This item will define who is responsible for the upkeep of the rented property. In section B will deal specifically with exterior maintenance, check off the applicable statements. It should be noted that if any of these items are not checked off they will not be under the control of this agreement, leaving a potentially confusing situation in the future.

Step 28 – Item 12, Tenant’s Responsibilities: Section C will deal specifically with past control. Again check off the applicable statements. Any that statements that are not checked off shall not be considered part of the lease.

Step 29 – Item 12, Tenant’s Responsibilities: In section H, if the leased property is subject to a community association’s rule mare the first box. If not, mark the second box.

Step 30 – Item 14, Notice of Propensity of Flooding: If any part of the property is susceptible to flooding more (more than three times in the past five years is considered susceptible) mark the first box. If not, mark the second box.

Step 31 – Item 16, Use: On the first blank line of this section enter the maximum number of people allowed to live in the rented space and list their names on the blank line available.

Step 32 – Item 16, Use: Section A of this item shall define the rules of the property. It is imperative to read each point then decide whether the space should be marked or not. If one of these statements remains unmarked at the time of signing neither party may be held responsible to it. There will be three blank lines at the end of these statements with a checkbox. Enter any rules not previously mentioned that must be followed on these lines and check the box next to it.

Step 33 – Item 18, Right of Access, Signage: On the first available blank line of this section enter the number of days from the termination date of a fixed term lease where a landlord may advertise and show a premises.

Step 35 – Item 18, Right of Access, Signage: The last blank line must have a penalty amount entered for each time a tenant denies a landlord or prospective future tenants access to the property during the right of access period.

Step 36 – Item 20, Early Termination by Tenant: This item will have two sections to choose from (A or B). Only the marked section will be considered a part of the lease holding both parties responsible to its definitions.

  • If the tenant will have the right to terminate the lease early, then place a checkmark next to the first sentence in Section A. If this is the case, select the applicable subsections. If a certain amount of days’ notice is required to terminate the lease early, check sub-section 1 and enter that number of days’ notice required for early termination. If the tenant only needs to pay all monies through the termination date, mark sub-section 2. If the tenant must pay a certain number of month’s rent or a percentage of the total rent, place a checkmark next to subsection 3 then mark the appropriate box on this line and enter the number of months or percentage that will be due. If the tenant needs to make the premises clean and rentable check sub-section 4. If an administration fee is required from the tenant, mark subsection 5 then enter the dollar amount of this fee. There will be a blank “Other” line for any conditions not previously mentioned (sub-section 6 must be marked when entering this condition on the line provided).
  • If the tenant does not have the right to terminate the lease early save for military service place a check mark in section B. In addition, in “Holding Over” make sure to enter the dollar a tenant will be liable for each day he or she has remained on the premises after the lease naturally terminates.

Step 37 – Item 21, Early Termination by Landlord: It important to define what actions may be taken in regard to an agreement when it ends.

  • If the lease may be extended mark the first box in this section and note the number of months the tenant is allowed to extend the lease for. If there is a rent increase, enter the percentage of the increase on the next blank lines. The next two blank lines will require the number of days’ notice necessary for a tenant or a landlord (respectively) to terminate the lease.
  • If the lease may only be renewed for a number of days, place a check mark in the second box then enter the number of days’ extension may be granted with any applicable percent of increase the rent rate is subject to. The next line will require the number of days’ notice either the landlord or tenant must give should that party wish to terminate the agreement. Finally, enter the number of times the lease may be renewed for.

Step 38 – Item 23, Agency and Brokerage: if a listing broker or selling broker is involved enter their information in the appropriate areas. The Listing Broker should be documented in section B and should their role should be defined by checking the appropriate box. The Selling Broker should be reported in section C, here, too, their role may be defined by checking the appropriate statement. Once the broker information has been entered and defined, enter the existing material relationship that broker has to the property, landlord, or tenant.

Step 39 – Item 24, Miscellaneous: In section I, enter all the appliances that are present on the property and are available to the tenant under the lease.

Step 40 – Item 24, Miscellaneous: In section O, if the rental application the tenant is attached to this contract check the first box. If it is not, check the second box.

Step 41 – Item 24, Miscellaneous: In section P, an authorized agent must be defined. Enter the full name and address where the owner of the property or individual authorized by the owner of the property may receive notices, demands, or correspondence from the tenant regarding the property or the lease.

Step 42 – Item 24, Miscellaneous: In section Q, report the contact information for the party managing the property for the owner This will also require the full name of a contact person.

Step 43 – Item 25, Exhibits: Here, there will be an opportunity to enter any additional documents accompanying the agreement. If there is an “Owner’s Property Disclosure Statement,” check the first box. If a “Move In/Move Out Inspection Form” is attached, check the second box. The remaining “Other” lines will allow the official titles to any additional documents to be reported in the space provided. Make sure to a place a check mark next to each item.

Step 44 – Item 25, Exhibits: The “Special Stipulations” section allows for any additional terms each party must adhere to be reported in the space provided. If any stipulations are attached to this document check the first box following the words “Additional Special Stipulations are,” if not then check the second box.

Step 45 – Item 26, In Witness Whereof: Here all the parties involved and/or bound by this lease agreement must provide their names amongst other items. There will be enough lines for two tenants to provide a signature, date of signature, printed name, and email address. There is a space one tenant’s phone number and fax number (if available). There will also be enough spaces for a landlord to sign and print his or her name (there must be a date for each signature. The landlord’s email address, phone number and fax number should also be entered.  Leasing and listing brokers involved should also provide a signature, MLS Office Code, Brokerage Firm License Number, phone number, fax number, and affiliated license. Each broker should also provide a printed name and affiliated licensee email address.  Finally, the leasing agent must provide his or her license number, multiple listing number, and what realtor organization he or she is a member of. The next section will require the lease date and the identity of the individual who has filled out this document.


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