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Emory Area/DruidHills – Home for Rent

Lease a Classic 3 Bedroom/2 Bath Older Home located in Druid Hills Historic District within walking distance to Emory University.

Features include a spacious Living Room with Fireplace and built-in Bookshelves, large formal Dining Room, cozy Den with French Doors to covered patio; Custom Kitchen with glass-front cabinets, ample pot drawers, stainless steel appliances, pull-out Pantry and Granite Counters.

The property has a main floor Bedroom and Full Bath.  The upper level addition includes a Master Bedroom with Sitting Area and French Doors to Deck, Master Bath with Double Sinks, separate Tub and Shower, Walk-in Closet plus additional Bedroom/Office and Full Bath with Washer/Dryer.

Other features include Hardwood Floors throughout,  High Ceilings, Screened Porch, Large Lot, Patio, Offstreet Parking with easy turnaround for 2-3 cars.​

Contact Atlanta Decatur Homes for availability and further details.​

Checklist for Prospective Tenants

Small house representing Emory rental property

If you plan to lease a property in the Emory Area or in Decatur, you should know what may be expected before you complete an application to rent a home.

Finding the right home in the Emory Area where you want to live is an obvious first step, but prospective tenants often have to pass stringent credit and background checks. In popular neighborhoods where rental properties are at a premium, there may be tough competition for a desirable home. It's best to be prepared in advance:

  • Check your credit - most credit companies allow you to have one free credit check per year.  Here are the phone numbers for the major credit card companies:
  • While it is always advisable to see a rental property before you decide to lease, this may not be possible if you live out of town.  In this case, arrange to have a colleague or friend view it for you.
  • Don't lie on the Application - if you have had bankruptcy, credit issues, or disputes with previous landlords, discuss these with your Decatur Property Manager.  Some landlords are more lenient than others.
  • If you have Pets, let the Property Manager know before you fill out the Application. Many landlords do not accept pets, or may require a Pet Deposit if they do accept them.
  • If you want to be in a certain School District, check with the School yourself to make sure the property you want to lease is located in that District.
  • If you are concerned about safety in the neighborhood of the rental property, call the local Police Department.
  • You will be required to complete a Rental Application for most properties.  Some Property Managers also require a copy of your Driver's License, recent pay stubs, or bank statements if you are self-employed. Check with your Decatur Property Manager for more specific details.
  • Be aware of money requirements - Most Property Managers require a Security Deposit of one month, plus the first month's rent. Some  landlords  require a Security Deposit plus first and last month's rent.  In addition, if the landlord accepts Pets, there will be an additional Pet Deposit.

Atlanta Property Management Background Checks

Computer and phone in process of screening rental applicants

Emory Decatur Property Management always recommends that prospective tenants be thoroughly screened through credit, criminal and prior landlord reference checks.

It's easier to prevent a potential problem from occurring when considering a new tenant than it is to try to evict them later.  Because property managers represent investors who trust them to obtain qualified tenants for their properties, extreme care must be utilized during the screening process.

Screening begins with an Application completed by the applicant, giving written permission to obtain a credit report, criminal background, and former landlord reference information.  Here are a few good policies to follow when dealing with applicants:

  • ​Never accept a credit report provided by an applicant, as some credit reports have been sucessfully altered
  • Always check Landlord References, two references are better than one

While many applicants look promising on paper, a thorough check might show previous late rent payments, bad credit, eviction proceedings, or criminal activity.  It's important to evaluate every aspect of the appliant's ability to pay the rent and to be a viable tenant, without violating any provision of the Fair Housing Act.

In fact, ​a recent U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) guidance policy recommends exercising caution when  considering criminal history for prospective applicants. According to a National Association of Realtors (NAR) publication, the guidance suggests "housing providers should create thoughtful policies and practices that are tailored to serve a substantial, legitimate and nondiscrimatory interest of the housing provider, such as resident safety and the protection of property".

Black Front Door of rental property with Fall Leaves

Atlanta Rental Property

Careful review of the prospective tenant's credit, ability to pay, criminal history, and past landlord references should be made in every case.

With appropriate due diligence during the screening process, the ultimate goal will be​ achieved - a new tenant who pays their rent on time and maintains the property.

Handling Tenant Evictions in Georgia – the Lease Rules!

Decatur woman writing check to property owner

Property managers who have worked with tenants for a number of years have quite a few interesting stories about evicting tenants!

We do extensive credit and background screening on our tenants, so the majority of them are credit-worthy, responsible renters, who pay their rent on time and take care of the property. Then, there is the exception –

One memorable tenant notified us 60 days prior to the end of their lease that they would not be renewing. We subsequently began advertising the property for new tenants, showed prospective tenants the property, completed the application and screening process, collected a Security Deposit and signed a Lease with new tenants.

Not so fast – first, our present tenant wanted an extension of two weeks to complete their move, then they complained that the movers wanted too much money so they couldn’t move. The property was in chaos with boxes everywhere and packed solid with personal items from the attic to the basement. Every day there was a new reason they couldn’t be out on time. Since we had already committed to new renters, we had no choice but to insist that they be out on the last day of their lease. We had doubts that they would ever vacate!

In Georgia, the Lease details all the terms, including when a tenant is in breach of contract. On the last day of the month before the tenant was to vacate the premises, we gave the tenant written notice they would be in breach of contract if the property was not vacated on time, and that we would file with DeKalb County Court for an Eviction Notice. Miraculously, the were out on the specified date and the need for an Eviction order dissolved.

If you are a Landlord in Georgia, the real estate laws provide for a quick Eviction process compared to other states. I would suggestion two things:

  • Have your tenant sign a comprehensive Lease and,
  • If you are faced with the possibility of evicting a tenant, check the Georgia law procedure on evictions before you do anything – a good real estate attorney can help.

What Can a Decatur Property Manager Do For You?

Decatur businessman with pink pig on head

Managing your own Decatur investment property is often difficult, especially if you need time for a demanding full-time job, a busy family life, and want some precious down time.

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Those annoying tenant requests always seem to come at critical times – just when you are leaving for vacation or an important business trip.

You may have inherited a family home or become a new Decatur investor. Your Decatur home may need repairs or updates – someone will need to meet the workmen.

When your property is ready, you will need to advertise for new tenants – someone will need to screen them carefully by requiring credit, background, criminal checks, employment and more.

  • How will you market your home for tenants?
  • Who will prepare the Lease?
  • Who will hold the Security Deposit?
  • How will the rent be collected?
  • Who will answer the midnight calls from tenants?
  • Who will you use for handymen, electricians, plumbers, etc?
  • If your tenant gets locked out, who will provide an extra key?
  • What records and reports will you keep?

All these items can be professionally handled by an experienced Decatur property manager who knows your neighborhood…..plus more:

  • We can schedule period inspections of your property
  • We can make sure tenants are following the terms of the lease – no unauthorized additional tenants, pets, or painting
  • We can schedule regular HVAC inspections
  • We can prepare any changes to the Lease
  • We can prepare Monthly and Year-end Reports for your records
  • We can schedule necessary repairs
  • We can oversee installation of new carpets, or schedule painters
  • We can initiate all advertising and marketing
  • We can provide strict screening of all tenants