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What happens at the end of the lease?

Depending on the language of the lease, thlease terminates, extends, or renews at the

end of the lease term. The lease terminates if tere is not a renewal or an extension. Once the

lease terminates, the landlord may seek possession of the rental property from the tenant.

Language in a lease that lengthens the tenancy for an additional period under the same

terms

and

conditions

provides

for

anextension

of

the

lease.

Ithere

is

an

extension,

there

is

usually no need for a new lease to be signed. The lease may provide for an automatic extension

at the end of the current lease unless the tenant gives notice that they do not wish to extend the

lease. Under such a lease provision, the tenant who fails to notify the landlord that they will not

be extending could end up obligated for another lease term

Language in a lease that states that the tenancy can be extended at the end of the current

lease

term

but

requires

the

s i g nig

of

a

new

lease

provides

for

renewal.

Some

leases

have

language that gives the tenant anoption to renew the lease. Und r such a lease term, the tenant

must give the landlord written notice of her intetion to renew the lease. If the tenant does not

timely renew the lease, the landlord will treat the lease as terminated on the expiration of the

lease term.

Does a tenant have rights when there is not a written lease?

A tenant who occupies rental propewith the landlord's consent and makes rent

payments without a written lease is a "tenant--will." Georgia landlord tenant laws, including

eviction laws and security deposits laws, still apply. A tenant-at-will has the right to occupy and

use the rented property according to the agreemet between the landlord and the tenant. When

the lease does not state when the tenancy will end, as usually happens when there is not a written

lease, Georgia law (O.C.G.A. §44-7-7) specifies the notice the landlord must give to terminate or

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