Tennessee Eviction Laws

The eviction laws in Tennessee depend on what county you are in. The 10 counties in which landlords must adhere to the URLTA (Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act) are Anderson, Blount, Bradley, Davidson, Hamilton, Madison, Montgomery, Shelby, Sumner and Knox, which is contained in the Tennessee Code under Title 66, Chapter 28. This act covers all the rules concerning the relationship between landlords and tenant for those counties. If you do not live in one of those counties, the eviction law is governed by local law or common law. If you are a landlord in Tennessee, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the laws in your county.

For counties covered by the URLTA the following laws apply:

Tenant Self-Eviction is Unlawful in Tennessee

A landlord is under no circumstances allowed to forcibly remove a tenant without obtaining a court order. Acts like shutting off essential services like heat and electricity, removing the tenant’s personal property, changing the locks or threatening the tenant are all cases of self eviction.

30-Day Eviction Notice to Vacate

A landlord in the counties covered by the URLTA must give 30-days notice to a tenant who either has not paid the rent or who has violated some other provision in the lease. This Tennessee eviction notice state the reason for eviction and the rent amount owed. The tenant will then be given a 14-day period to take care of the issue or the lease will be cancelled in 30-days and legal action will begin.

14-Day Eviction Notice to Vacate

I a tenant breaches the lease contract for the same reason within 6 months of the first violation, the landlord only needs to give a 14 day notice and no opportunity to remedy the situation.

For counties not covered by the URLTA the following laws apply:

14-Day Notice to vacate

In case of nonpayment, property damage and health and safety violations.

30-Day Notice to vacate

In case of other violations.

3-Day Notice to vacate

In case of severe damage of property, physical violence, and danger to others.

For more information about Tennessee Eviction Laws please visit:

http://tn.gov/consumer/documents/UniformResidentialLandlordandTenantAct7.12.12.pdf


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