What Is the Minimum Upkeep a Landlord Must Do to a Rental in Georgia?

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Georgia landlords are required to adequately maintain rental properties, making repairs when needed so minimum living standards are upheld. Landlords are held liable for any consensual large property improvements made to the rental unit. Landlord liability also extends to problems arising from faulty construction or lack of repairs. Alternatively, Georgia landlords are not legally liable for rental property damages caused by a tenant's illegal activities or negligence.

Georgia landlords must disclose to prospective tenants if the rental property contains lead paint, and if lead paint is present, landlords must attach information about the hazards of lead paint to the lease agreement. Lease agreements must also disclose any incidences of flooding damage to the rental unit, if the unit flooded three times within the past five years. Landlords in Georgia can expect to collect full rent from any tenant that is responsible for causing severe fire damage to a rental unit. In this case, the law doesn't relieve tenants from rental payments, because the landlord did not cause the unit to be destroyed.

If Georgia landlords hire a property management company, property owners are required to prepare a move-in checklist for tenants. The move-in checklist includes a comprehensive list of items that tenant's are held responsible for maintaining in good shape. If tenants damage any items on the list, landlords can deduct the cost of repair from the tenant's security deposit.