Atlanta Security Deposit Law

Author: Kasee Godwin
Date: 11.02.2023

Understanding Atlanta’s Security Deposit Law

With an expansive urban landscape and rich cultural tapestry, Atlanta has a notable distinction: 55% of its residents are renters. In recognizing the unique challenges faced by this majority, the city took proactive measures to address one of the primary obstacles — high-security deposits. 

In 2020, Atlanta’s City Council enacted a pivotal ordinance to make rental properties more attainable and reduce the financial burdens on potential tenants. This article delves into the intricacies of this ordinance, shedding light on its transformative implications for the city’s rental landscape.

The 2020 Atlanta Security Deposit Ordinance: Key Features

The official document, found here, spells out the ordinance’s details. Here’s a breakdown of its salient features:

  • Choice in Security Deposits: The ordinance mandates landlords to provide alternatives to traditional security deposits. Renters can opt for monthly installments, rental insurance, or other methods.
  • Limitations on Deposit Amounts: The law caps security deposits at a month’s rent. This move prevents landlords from charging excessive amounts that might be out of reach for many renters.
  • Transparency and Information: Landlords must disclose all options to the renter. This way, tenants can make informed decisions about the type of security deposit that works best for them.
  • Enforcement Measures: The ordinance emphasizes the importance of adherence. Landlords who fail to offer alternatives or violate the set caps can face penalties, ensuring the law’s spirit is maintained.

Implications for Renters:

  • Greater flexibility in payment methods.
  • Reduced financial strain, especially at the beginning of a lease.
  • Better accessibility to housing opportunities in Atlanta.

Implications for Landlords:

  • Need to update lease agreements to incorporate new options.
  • Adherence to the law to avoid penalties.
  • Potential for attracting a broader renter base due to lowered barriers.

Looking Forward

The 2020 Atlanta Security Deposit Law is a commendable step towards fostering an inclusive rental market in the city. By addressing the concerns associated with high security deposits, Atlanta is ensuring that its housing landscape becomes more accessible and equitable for all.

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Qira aims to keep this information as up-to-date as possible. The content provided here is informational and should be different from legal counsel. Please refer to the relevant government sources to check for any changes or updates to the law.


Kasee Godwin

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Kasee is the Director of Marketing for Qira. She has nearly 15 years of experience in the real estate marketing industry, including 10 years on the client side. In her spare time, she enjoys reading science fiction, exploring new wineries, and fostering Golden Retrievers.

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