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What Is a Georgia Rental Application?

A rental application in the state of Georgia is a form that lets a landlord find a tenant in a clear, organized, and uniform fashion. Although a rental application should be standardized and adhere to federal fair housing laws, it still asks personal questions to allow landlords to find the most responsible, financially stable tenant for their rental. Rental Applications generally ask for an applicant’s name, previous addresses, and other information, such as income and prior evictions or bankruptcies.

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The Georgia Rental Application Process

The Georgia rental application allows landlords to verify a prospective tenant's background information and credit history before signing a lease agreement. In Georgia, there is no maximum for an application fee; the landlord may ask for any amount.

Georgia landlords may also ask approved tenants for any amount as a security deposit; there is no limit.

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A Sample Georgia Rental Application with Examples for Each Step

The rental application should include the following sections:

  • Prospective Property including complete address, type of unit, square footage, number of bedrooms/bathrooms, and date available
  • Personal Information about the Applicant including full name, date of birth, social security number, driver's license number, current address, phone number(s), and email address
  • Rental History to include last three addresses, including current/previous address(es), name and phone number of landlord/manager, and how long they lived at the address
  • Employment History/Income including current/previous employer(s), address, position, dates of employment, supervisor name and phone number, salary/monthly income, the reason for leaving, other sources of income, monthly income, name, address, and phone number of provider, bank account(s), bank balance(s), and credit card accounts/balance owed
  • Other Occupants including name, age, and relationship to the prospective tenant
  • Personal References including name, phone number, and how long known; this section must be initialed and dated to give the landlord permission to contact the references
  • Local Emergency Contact including name, address, and phone number
  • Vehicles including make, model, year, and license plate number/state
  • Pet Information if any; if there are any restrictions regarding pets on the property, they should be listed on the rental application
  • Personal History including smoking status, prior evictions, prior bankruptcies, prior felony convictions, and whether on parole.
  • Dated Agreement and Authorized Signature including consent to a credit/criminal background check and any application fees, with an acknowledgment that they are non-refundable

Rental Application Resources for Tenants in Georgia

Georgia Legal Aid     

Metro Fair Housing Services, Inc. 

Consumer Ed/Georgia Department of Law - Consumer Protection Division

Georgia Rental Application Laws

According to Georgia Code Ann. 44-7-34, a landlord must return the security deposit to a tenant no later than 30 days after the lease has been terminated.

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