Georgia Apartment Rental Agreement

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					                      RESIDENTIAL RENTAL AGREEMENT (GEORGIA)
THIS AGREEMENT made effective as of the _____ day of ______________, _______.

BETWEEN:

                               [NAME OF LANDLORD (OR MANAGER)]
                                              [address]
                                        (the “Landlord”)

                                                 - and -

                                        [NAME(S) OF TENANT(S)]
                                              [address]
                                           (the “Tenant”)

1.      Leased Unit
IN CONSIDERATION of the representations made in the rental application tendered by the Tenant, and
the rent reserved herein and the covenants herein contained, Landlord hereby rents to Tenant and Tenant
hereby rents from Landlord the premises situated at [street address of Unit, including suite #], [County]
County], Georgia (the “Unit”), subject to the terms and conditions hereinafter set forth.

2.      Term & Renewal
The duration of this Agreement shall be for a fixed term, commencing at 12:00 noon on the _____ day of
______________, _______ and terminating at 12:00 noon on the _____ day of ______________, _______ (the
“Term”). Unless otherwise terminated by either party, at the end of this initial Term, this Agreement will
be extended on a month-to-month basis with all terms remaining the same until terminated by either
party upon thirty (30) days written notice to the other party. Rents will not be pro-rated for a portion of a
month except at the beginning of occupancy, without written approval of the Landlord.

3.      Rent
The total rent due under this Agreement is the sum of [TOTAL RENTAL DUE IN WORDS] DOLLARS
($####.##) payable in _____ monthly installments of $####.## per month to be made on the first day of
each month. All rent payments are due on the first (1 st) day of each calendar month during the Term of
this Agreement. Rent payments shall be paid by one check, [pre-authorized debit] or money order per
month. Cash will not be accepted under any circumstances. All rent payments and other payments to be
made hereunder shall be made by mail or personal delivery to the Landlord at the address set out on the
face of this Agreement, or such other address as the Landlord may from time to time designate in writing
to the Tenant. If rent payments are being sent by regular mail, the Tenant is responsible for ensuring that
such payments are mailed with sufficient time to allow delivery by the 1 st day of the month. If any rent
payment is hand delivered to the Landlord, the Tenant should request a receipt from the Landlord as
confirmation.

4.      Dishonored Check Fees
In each instance that Tenant presents a check to Landlord for rent or any other amount due under this
Agreement is dishonored by Tenant’s bank for insufficient funds, “stop payment” or any other reason, a
service charge of $###.## will be assessed. Returned checks must be redeemed by a cashier’s check,
certified check or money order. If any check written by Tenant is returned by the bank after the fifth (5 th)
day of the month, Tenant will be assessed a late charge in addition to the above service charge.
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5.      Late Charges
If Tenant fails to pay the rent in full within _____ days after the same becomes due, Tenant will be
assessed a late charge of $###.##. An additional ten per cent (10%) will be added to any unpaid balance
at the end of the month.

6.      Collection Costs and Legal Fees
Landlord will charge to Tenant all collection costs and legal fees incurred with respect to collection of any
monies owed hereunder by Tenant.

7.      Security Deposit
A security deposit of [AMOUNT OF DEPOSIT IN WORDS] DOLLARS ($###.##) collected from Tenant
shall be held by the Landlord as security for Tenant’s fulfillment of its obligations under this Agreement.
Landlord shall deposit the security deposit into a bank account, and upon termination of this Agreement
return the security deposit to Tenant within thirty (30) days after the Unit is vacated, upon the following
conditions:

        (a)     the initial term has expired; and

        (b)     all monies due to Landlord by Tenant have been paid; and

        (c)     there has been no damage to the Unit, and the Unit is left in its original condition, except
                for normal wear and tear; and

        (d)     the Unit is in a clean, ready-to-rent condition, including all appliances and fixtures.

The deposit may be applied by Landlord as necessary to satisfy all or part of Tenant’s obligations
hereunder, and such act shall not prevent Landlord from claiming damages in excess of the deposit.
TENANT MAY NOT APPLY THE DEPOSIT TO ANY RENT PAYMENT WITHOUT PRIOR WRITTEN
APPROVAL OF LANDLORD.

Tenant also agrees to pay for re-keying if all keys are not returned at the time the Unit is vacated.

8.      Examination & Acceptance of Premises
The Tenant acknowledges that he has examined the Unit, that he has received a copy of the Initial
Inspection Report listing any existing damages to the Unit, and his acceptance of this Lease is conclusive
evidence that the Unit is in good and satisfactory order and repair except for those items specifically
noted by both parties on the Initial Inspection Report.

9.      Possession
If there is a delay in the delivery of possession by Landlord, rent shall be abated on a daily basis until
possession is granted. If possession is not granted within seven (7) days after the commencement of the
term, Tenant may, at its option, void this Agreement and receive a full refund of any deposit paid
hereunder. Landlord shall not be liable for damages due to any delay in delivery of possession.

10.     Occupancy & Use
The Unit shall be used for residential purposes only and shall be occupied by not more than ___
person(s). The Unit shall be used so as to comply with all federal, State, county and municipal laws and
ordinances. Tenant shall not use the Unit or permit it to be used by others for any disorderly or unlawful
purpose or in any manner so as to interfere with other tenants’ quiet enjoyment of their property.



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11.     Parking & Storage of Vehicles
The Tenant shall be provided with _______ parking stall(s), [if stalls are numbered or otherwise identifiable:
being parking stall(s) numbered/designated as _________].

The Tenant shall park only the following vehicle(s) in the aforementioned parking stall(s):
       [description of vehicle(s) by make, model, color, year and license plate]

The Tenant acknowledges and agrees that any vehicle other than the vehicle(s) listed above which is
parked in the designated parking stall(s) may be towed away and the cost of such towing will be the
responsibility of the vehicle’s owner. [for on-street or parking other than in parking stalls: The Tenant will be
assigned a parking sticker for each of the above listed vehicles, which are to be placed on the right rear or
side window of vehicle. Tenant will be charged $#.## for each new, replacement or lost parking sticker.
Failure to install a parking sticker may result in the subject vehicle being towed at the owner’s expense.

The Tenant will not park boats, trailers, snowmobiles, or unlicensed vehicles on or around the Unit at any
time without Landlord’s written permission.

It is the Tenant’s responsibility to ensure that the Tenant’s family, guests and invitees do not park in areas
designated for use by other tenants, or in such locations or in such a manner as to obstruct the vehicles of
other tenants.

12.     Vehicle Maintenance
Neither the Tenant nor the Tenant’s family, guests or invitees shall perform any kind of vehicle
maintenance or servicing, including but not limited to oil changes, washing, waxing, tune-ups or other
maintenance, on or around the Unit or any of the driveways, parking lots, garages and yards adjacent to
the Unit. Any vehicle found being serviced shall be subject to immediate towing at the vehicle owner’s
expense without notice.

13.     Pets
No pets or animals of any kind will be permitted in the Unit without the written consent of the Landlord.
It Tenant has allowed animals in or around the Unit at any time during the initial Term or any renewal of
this Agreement without the written consent of Landlord, TENANT SHALL FORFEIT THE FULL
AMOUNT OF THE SECURITY DEPOSIT. If written permission is granted by Landlord, Tenant agrees
to pay the cost of having the Unit fumigated for fleas, ticks and other parasites by a professional
exterminator at the termination of Tenant’s occupancy. Tenant expressly agrees and understands that
Landlord’s permission may be conditional upon an additional pet deposit being paid prior to the pet
being kept in the Unit.

14.     Landlord’s Right of Entry
The Landlord reserves the right at all times to enter the Unit without notice or consent in the case of an
emergency. The Landlord reserves the right, upon reasonable notice to Tenant, to enter the Unit for
making inspections, repairs, alterations, or improvements, or to supply necessary or agreed services.
Tenant authorizes Landlord, upon reasonable advance notice, to show the Unit to prospective renters
after Tenant has given notice of termination.

15.     Repairs
Tenant understands and agrees that the appliances and fixtures provided in the Unit will be under the
control of Tenant, and agrees to keep the Unit, the appliances and fixtures therein in a clean, sightly and
sanitary condition. Landlord will make or arrange for any necessary repairs to the Unit, the appliances



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and fixtures with reasonable promptness after receipt of written request for the same from Tenant. If any
damage, beyond normal wear and tear, is caused by Tenant, Tenant’s family, guests or invitees, Tenant
agrees to pay for the cost of repairs with the next rent payment to come due. Tenant may not remodel or
structurally change the Unit nor remove or replace any fixture, appliance or appurtenance.

Blocked drains and toilets are the responsibility of Tenant unless the blockage occurs in the main sewer
line to the Building.

16.     Utilities
Tenant shall be responsible for the following utilities: [amend list as applicable]
        (a)      electricity;
        (b)      cable television;
        (c)      telephone.

Landlord shall be responsible for providing heat, hot and cold water, and sewage disposal.

17.     Property Loss
Landlord shall not be liable for damage to Tenant’s property of any type for any reason or cause
whatsoever, except where the same is due to the negligence of the Landlord, its agents, servants and/or
employees. Tenants shall be responsible for obtaining extended coverage and liability insurance, as well
as fire and hazard insurance for Tenant’s contents.

18.     Indemnification
Tenant releases the Landlord from liability for and agrees to indemnify the Landlord, its agents, servants
and/or employees against all losses incurred by Landlord as a result of (i) Tenant’s failure to fulfill any
condition of this Agreement; (ii) any damage or injury occurring in or about the Unit or the Building to
Tenant, Tenant’s family, guests or invitees, or any property belonging to any such person(s); (iii) Tenant’s
failure to comply with any requirements imposed by any governmental authority; and (iv) any judgment,
lien or other encumbrance filed against the Unit as a result of any action of Tenant.

19.     Early Termination
Tenant may terminate this Agreement before the expiration of the initial Term by:
        (a)      giving the Landlord thirty (30) days written notice; and
        (b)      paying all monies due through the date of termination; and
        (c)      paying an amount equal to one (1) month’s rent at the time the 30-day notice is given;
                 and
        (d)      returning the Unit in a clean, ready-to-rent condition; and
        (e)      returning all keys, including any keys that Tenant has had made; and
        (f)      providing Landlord with a forwarding address;
        (g)      forfeiting security deposit.

Tenant acknowledges and agrees that none of the foregoing shall relieve Tenant of his responsibilities
and obligations regarding any damage to the Unit.

If this Agreement is terminated early by Landlord, by reason of Tenant’s failure to comply with the
Agreement, Landlord reserves the right to assess thirty (30) days rent charge in lieu of thirty (30) days
written notice.



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20.     Vacant Possession
Tenant shall deliver vacant possession of the Unit in good order and repair upon termination of this
Agreement, together with all keys to the Unit. Tenant will be charged rent on a pro-rated daily basis for
each day past the termination of this Agreement that keys remain in Tenant’s possession.

21.     Abandonment
If Tenant removes or attempts to remove Tenant’s property from the Unit other than in the usual course
of continuing occupancy, without first having paid Landlord all monies due hereunder, the Unit may be
considered abandoned, and Landlord shall have the right, without notice, to store or dispose of any of
Tenant’s personal property left in the Unit. Landlord shall also have the right to store or dispose of
Tenant’s personal property remaining in the Unit after the termination of this Agreement. Any such
personal property shall be considered Landlord’s property and title thereto shall vest in Landlord.
Landlord shall have the right to re-let the Unit after Tenant abandons same.

22.     Sub-Letting or Assignment
The Tenant will not sub-let the Unit or any portion thereof, or assign this Agreement without the prior
written consent of the Landlord.

23.     Damage, Partial or Total Destruction of Unit
If the Unit is rendered totally unfit for occupancy by fire, act of God, act of rioters or public enemies, or
accident, the term of this Agreement shall immediately cease upon the payment of rent apportioned to
the day of such happening. If, however, the Unit is only partially destroyed or damaged and Landlord
decides to repair the same, such repairs shall be made by Landlord without unreasonable delay, and
there shall be abatement in rent in proportion to the relationship the damaged portion of the Unit bears to
the whole of the Unit. Tenant, Tenant's family, guests and invitees of either Tenant or Tenant's guests will
not engage in any activity or action that may cause severe property damage.

24.     Disclosure
[Name of manager / management company], whose address is [address of manager], is authorized to
manage the Building in which the Unit is located. The owner or a
				
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