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What are the advantages and disadvantages of a written lease?

The advantages of a written lease are certaintyand clarity. The lease sets the rent for the

lease term. Unless the language of the lease states otherwise, rent cannot be increased during the

lease term. A lease spells out the obligations of the tenant andlandlord. If there are any disputes

between the tenant and the landlord, the leas represents what was agreed upon by the parties.

When there is not a written lease, there aoften misunderstandings between the tenant and

landlord.

The primary disadvantage of a lease is t it tbinds the tenant to the premises for a

specified

amount

of

time.

Therefore,

if

you

aplanning

to

live

in

the

unit

for

a

very

short

period of time, you may not want a lease. Lees can be made for any length of time, so you

could ask the landlord ifthe lease could be written for thetime period you expect to live in the

unit. If you may have to move due to a job trans er during the term of the lease, you can ask that

the lease include a provisio allowing you to terminate without penalty due to employment

reasons. Similarly, if you intend to buy a housduring the rental period you may ask that the

lease include a provision allowing you to terminate without a penalty upon closing on a home. If

the lease does not contain languageallowing the tenant to terminate before the end of the lease,

the tenant cannot end the lease before its expiration without penalty. Georgia law does not allow

a tenant to terminate their lease because the are buying a home or being transferred by their

employer.

Are not all leases "standard?” What difference does it make whether the tenant reads the lease before signing it?

Although many leases are similar, there is no such thing as a "standard" lease provided or

approved by any government agency or court.Lease agreements difre from landlord to

landlord. Therefore, it is very important to read the lease carefully before signing it. The lease is

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