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44-7-3 Disclosure of Ownership
Under Georgia law the landlord MUST disclose the name and address of the landlord within the lease, or their “Agent for Service”.
If the landlord is using a 3rd party property manager, then that property manager could list their brokerage as the landlord on the lease as the landlord’s “Agent for Service”.
But then the property manager could be making themselves the defendant in any legal action between the tenant and the landlord such as in any slip and fall or failure to repair issues. If you are a property manager, consider the amount of liability you are willing to take on before you decide to list your brokerage as the landlord in the lease.
If you are the landlord, make sure your property manager has a broker’s license. There are a lot of non-licensed individuals trying to manage properties for landlords which is illegal in Georgia.
There are also several sales agents that are in violation of Georgia law by managing properties for landlords without their broker’s authorization.