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Landlord Legislation in Tennessee

Below is a list of laws for landlords in Tennessee. New resources, bills and articles are updated daily. You can also type in a Bill Number or Keyword in the search bar to find additional details on laws.

TN SB0313 AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 13 and Title 66, relative to residential rental property.

Introduced Session

112th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, requires landlords to provide applicants for tenancy of dwelling units with written notice of the landlord's tenant selection criteria and the grounds for which a rental application may be denied; requires refund of an applicant's application fee, security deposit, and other fee or deposit if such information is not provided. - Amends TCA Title 13 and Title 66.
Sponsors
Brenda Gilmore
Last Action
Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Commerce and Labor Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2021-sb0313/

TN HB1361 AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 66, relative to rental properties.

Introduced Session

112th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, enacts the "Right to Call for Help Act" to prohibit certain penalties based on a property owner or lessee calling for emergency assistance. - Amends TCA Title 66.
Sponsors
Eddie Mannis
Last Action
Taken off notice for cal in s/c Business & Utilities Subcommittee of Commerce Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2021-hb1361/

TN SB1307 AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 66, relative to rental properties.

Introduced Session

112th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, enacts the "Right to Call for Help Act" to prohibit certain penalties based on a property owner or lessee calling for emergency assistance. - Amends TCA Title 66.
Sponsors
Jeff Yarbro
Last Action
Recommended for passage with amendment/s, refer to Senate Calendar Committee Ayes 9, Nays 0 PNV 0
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2021-sb1307/

TN HB1064 AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 4, Chapter 3, Part 12; Title 40; Title 41, Chapter 4; Title 41, Chapter 8; Title 49, Chapter 11; Title 49, Chapter 8; Title 55, Chapter 50 and Section 62-76-104, relative to offender reentry.

Introduced Session

112th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, specifies that, unless certain circumstances are met, a landlord is not liable for negligence in renting, leasing, or otherwise extending housing opportunities to a person who has been previously convicted of a criminal offense based solely on the person's criminal conviction and evidence of the prior criminal conviction is not admissible. - Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 3, Part 12; Title 40; Title 41, Chapter 4; Title 41, Chapter 8; Title 49, Chapter 11; Title 49, Chapter 8; Title 55, Chapter 50 and Section 62-76-104.
Sponsors
Michael Curcio Johnny Garrett
Last Action
H. Placed on Regular Calendar for 4/8/2021
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2021-hb1064/

TN SB0803 AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 4, Chapter 3, Part 12; Title 40; Title 41, Chapter 4; Title 41, Chapter 8; Title 49, Chapter 11; Title 49, Chapter 8; Title 55, Chapter 50 and Section 62-76-104, relative to offender reentry.

Introduced Session

112th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, specifies that, unless certain circumstances are met, a landlord is not liable for negligence in renting, leasing, or otherwise extending housing opportunities to a person who has been previously convicted of a criminal offense based solely on the person's criminal conviction and evidence of the prior criminal conviction is not admissible. - Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 3, Part 12; Title 40; Title 41, Chapter 4; Title 41, Chapter 8; Title 49, Chapter 11; Title 49, Chapter 8; Title 55, Chapter 50 and Section 62-76-104.
Sponsors
Ken Yager
Last Action
Placed on Senate Judiciary Committee calendar for 4/6/2021
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2021-sb0803/

TN SB0981 AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 2 and Title 66, relative to animals that are abandoned in vacated rental property.

Introduced Session

112th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, requires landlords to inspect vacated residential rental property for abandoned animals before permitting a subsequent tenant to take occupancy and report any abandoned animals found to animal control or a similar agency. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 2 and Title 66.
Sponsors
Heidi Campbell
Last Action
Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Commerce and Labor Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2021-sb0981/

TN HB0593 AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 66, Chapter 28, relative to housing.

Introduced Session

112th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Source of Income Protection and Fair Access to Housing Act." - Amends TCA Title 66, Chapter 28.
Sponsors
John Clemmons
Last Action
Taken off notice for cal in s/c Business & Utilities Subcommittee of Commerce Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2021-hb0593/

TN HB0690 AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 2 and Title 66, relative to animals that are abandoned in vacated rental property.

Introduced Session

112th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, requires landlords to inspect vacated residential rental property for abandoned animals before permitting a subsequent tenant to take occupancy and report any abandoned animals found to animal control or a similar agency. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 2 and Title 66.
Sponsors
Bill Beck
Last Action
Assigned to s/c Business & Utilities Subcommittee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2021-hb0690/

TN SB0814 AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 66, Chapter 28, relative to housing.

Introduced Session

112th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Source of Income Protection and Fair Access to Housing Act." - Amends TCA Title 66, Chapter 28.
Sponsors
Jeff Yarbro
Last Action
Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Commerce & Labor Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2021-sb0814/

TN SB0826 AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 66, relative to rental properties.

Introduced Session

112th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, enacts the "Right to Call for Help Act" to prohibit certain penalties based on a property owner or lessee calling for emergency assistance; creates a cause of action for violations. - Amends TCA Title 66.
Sponsors
Jeff Yarbro
Last Action
Passed on Second Consideration, refer to Senate Commerce and Labor Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2021-sb0826/

TN SB1033 AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 13; Title 45; Title 47; Title 48; Title 56 and Title 66, relative to real property.

Introduced Session

112th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, requires a landlord subject to the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act to provide electronic notifications required by the act to the email address provided by a tenant for the purpose of electronic notifications, instead of the email address provided by the tenant in the rental agreement. - Amends TCA Title 13; Title 45; Title 47; Title 48; Title 56 and Title 66.
Sponsors
Brenda Gilmore
Last Action
Placed on Senate Commerce and Labor Committee calendar for 4/6/2021
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2021-sb1033/

TN HB0732 AN ACT to amend Tennessee Code Annotated, Title 13; Title 45; Title 47; Title 48; Title 56 and Title 66, relative to real property.

Introduced Session

112th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, requires a landlord subject to the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act to provide electronic notifications required by the act to the email address provided by a tenant for the purpose of electronic notifications, instead of the email address provided by the tenant in the rental agreement. - Amends TCA Title 13; Title 45; Title 47; Title 48; Title 56 and Title 66.
Sponsors
Rebecca Alexander
Last Action
Placed on cal. Commerce Committee for 4/6/2021
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2021-hb0732/

TN HB2937 As introduced, prevents a landlord from terminating the tenancy of a tenant during a declared state of emergency due to COVID-19 for failure to pay rent that is due and in arrears unless the landlord first enters into a modified payment plan with the tenant and the tenant fails to abide by the modified payment plan. – Amends TCA Title 13; Title 29 and Title 66.

Introduced Session

111th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, prevents a landlord from terminating the tenancy of a tenant during a declared state of emergency due to COVID-19 for failure to pay rent that is due and in arrears unless the landlord first enters into a modified payment plan with the tenant and the tenant fails to abide by the modified payment plan. - Amends TCA Title 13; Title 29 and Title 66.
Sponsors
Jesse Chism
Last Action
Ref. to Delayed Bills Comm.
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2019-hb2937/

TN HB0997 As introduced, requires landlords to inspect vacated residential rental property within 72 hours of the vacancy for abandoned animals and report any abandoned animals found to animal control or a similar agency; makes it a Class C misdemeanor to fail to make the inspection or report. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 2 and Title 66.

Introduced Session

111th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, requires landlords to inspect vacated residential rental property within 72 hours of the vacancy for abandoned animals and report any abandoned animals found to animal control or a similar agency; makes it a Class C misdemeanor to fail to make the inspection or report. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 2 and Title 66.
Sponsors
Bill Beck
Last Action
Returned to the Clerk's Desk.
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2019-hb0997/

TN HB2807 As introduced, requires landlords in counties with a population greater than 75,000 to provide security deposit alternatives to tenants. – Amends TCA Title 66, Chapter 28.

Introduced Session

111th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, requires landlords in counties with a population greater than 75,000 to provide security deposit alternatives to tenants. - Amends TCA Title 66, Chapter 28.
Sponsors
Bill Beck
Last Action
Taken off notice for cal in s/c Business Subcommittee of Commerce Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2019-hb2807/

TN SB2712 As introduced, requires landlords in counties with a population greater than 75,000 to provide security deposit alternatives to tenants. – Amends TCA Title 66, Chapter 28.

Introduced Session

111th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, requires landlords in counties with a population greater than 75,000 to provide security deposit alternatives to tenants. - Amends TCA Title 66, Chapter 28.
Sponsors
Jeff Yarbro
Last Action
Action deferred in Senate Commerce & Labor Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2019-sb2712/

TN SB1080 As introduced, requires landlords to inspect vacated residential rental property within 72 hours of the vacancy for abandoned animals and report any abandoned animals found to animal control or a similar agency; makes it a Class C misdemeanor to fail to make the inspection or report. – Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 2 and Title 66.

Introduced Session

111th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, requires landlords to inspect vacated residential rental property within 72 hours of the vacancy for abandoned animals and report any abandoned animals found to animal control or a similar agency; makes it a Class C misdemeanor to fail to make the inspection or report. - Amends TCA Title 39, Chapter 14, Part 2 and Title 66.
Sponsors
Art Swann Rusty Crowe
Last Action
Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Commerce & Labor Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2019-sb1080/

TN SB2135 As introduced, enacts the “Tennessee Source of Income Protection and Fair Access to Housing Act.” – Amends TCA Title 66, Chapter 28.

Introduced Session

111th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Source of Income Protection and Fair Access to Housing Act." - Amends TCA Title 66, Chapter 28.
Sponsors
Brenda Gilmore
Last Action
Action deferred in Senate Commerce & Labor Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2019-sb2135/

TN HB2344 As introduced, enacts the “Tennessee Source of Income Protection and Fair Access to Housing Act.” – Amends TCA Title 66, Chapter 28.

Introduced Session

111th General Assembly

Summary
As introduced, enacts the "Tennessee Source of Income Protection and Fair Access to Housing Act." - Amends TCA Title 66, Chapter 28.
Sponsors
John Clemmons
Last Action
Taken off notice for cal in s/c Business Subcommittee of Commerce Committee
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2019-hb2344/

TN HB1190 As enacted, establishes process for landlords to verify need of tenants and prospective tenants to have pet policies waived to accommodate the need for a service or support animal; creates penalties for misrepresentation. – Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 21; Title 13, Chapter 20; Title 33; Title 39; Title 44, Chapter 17; Title 44, Chapter 8, Part 4; Title 63; Title 66 and Title 68.

Introduced Session

111th General Assembly

Summary
As enacted, establishes process for landlords to verify need of tenants and prospective tenants to have pet policies waived to accommodate the need for a service or support animal; creates penalties for misrepresentation. - Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 21; Title 13, Chapter 20; Title 33; Title 39; Title 44, Chapter 17; Title 44, Chapter 8, Part 4; Title 63; Title 66 and Title 68.
Sponsors
Gregory Terry Darren Jernigan Mark White William Lamberth Ryan Williams Jason Powell Chris Hurt Esther Helton
Last Action
Pub. Ch. 236
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2019-hb1190/

TN SB1393 As enacted, establishes process for landlords to verify need of tenants and prospective tenants to have pet policies waived to accommodate the need for a service or support animal; creates penalties for misrepresentation. – Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 21; Title 13, Chapter 20; Title 33; Title 39; Title 44, Chapter 17; Title 44, Chapter 8, Part 4; Title 63; Title 66 and Title 68.

Introduced Session

111th General Assembly

Summary
As enacted, establishes process for landlords to verify need of tenants and prospective tenants to have pet policies waived to accommodate the need for a service or support animal; creates penalties for misrepresentation. - Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 21; Title 13, Chapter 20; Title 33; Title 39; Title 44, Chapter 17; Title 44, Chapter 8, Part 4; Title 63; Title 66 and Title 68.
Sponsors
Mike Bell Todd Gardenhire John Stevens
Last Action
Comp. became Pub. Ch. 236
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2019-sb1393/

TN HB0033 As enacted, adds a private process server to the list of individuals authorized to personally serve a copy of a warrant or summons on behalf of a landlord in an action for forcible entry and detainer to regain possession of such landlord’s real property. – Amends TCA Title 29, Chapter 18.

Introduced Session

111th General Assembly

Summary
As enacted, adds a private process server to the list of individuals authorized to personally serve a copy of a warrant or summons on behalf of a landlord in an action for forcible entry and detainer to regain possession of such landlord's real property. - Amends TCA Title 29, Chapter 18.
Sponsors
Clark Boyd Darren Jernigan Mark White Lowell Russell
Last Action
Pub. Ch. 160
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https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2019-hb0033/

TN SB0401 As enacted, adds a private process server to the list of individuals authorized to personally serve a copy of a warrant or summons on behalf of a landlord in an action for forcible entry and detainer to regain possession of such landlord’s real property. – Amends TCA Title 29, Chapter 18.

Introduced Session

111th General Assembly

Summary
As enacted, adds a private process server to the list of individuals authorized to personally serve a copy of a warrant or summons on behalf of a landlord in an action for forcible entry and detainer to regain possession of such landlord's real property. - Amends TCA Title 29, Chapter 18.
Sponsors
John Stevens
Last Action
Comp. became Pub. Ch. 160
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2019-sb0401/

TN SB2556 As enacted, classifies as material noncompliance and default by a tenant with a rental agreement, if the tenant pretends to have a disability-related need for an assistance animal in order to obtain an exception to a provision in a rental agreement that prohibits pets or establishes limits on the types of pets that tenants may possess on residential rental property. – Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 21; Title 13, Chapter 20; Title 33; Title 39; Title 44, Chapter 17; Title 44, Chapter 8, Part 4 and Title 66.

Introduced Session

110th General Assembly

Summary
As enacted, classifies as material noncompliance and default by a tenant with a rental agreement, if the tenant pretends to have a disability-related need for an assistance animal in order to obtain an exception to a provision in a rental agreement that prohibits pets or establishes limits on the types of pets that tenants may possess on residential rental property. - Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 21; Title 13, Chapter 20; Title 33; Title 39; Title 44, Chapter 17; Title 44, Chapter 8, Part 4 and Title 66.
Sponsors
Joseph Hensley
Last Action
Comp. became Pub. Ch. 960
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2017-sb2556/

TN HB2439 As enacted, classifies as material noncompliance and default by a tenant with a rental agreement, if the tenant pretends to have a disability-related need for an assistance animal in order to obtain an exception to a provision in a rental agreement that prohibits pets or establishes limits on the types of pets that tenants may possess on residential rental property. – Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 21; Title 13, Chapter 20; Title 33; Title 39; Title 44, Chapter 17; Title 44, Chapter 8, Part 4 and Title 66.

Introduced Session

110th General Assembly

Summary
As enacted, classifies as material noncompliance and default by a tenant with a rental agreement, if the tenant pretends to have a disability-related need for an assistance animal in order to obtain an exception to a provision in a rental agreement that prohibits pets or establishes limits on the types of pets that tenants may possess on residential rental property. - Amends TCA Title 4, Chapter 21; Title 13, Chapter 20; Title 33; Title 39; Title 44, Chapter 17; Title 44, Chapter 8, Part 4 and Title 66.
Sponsors
Gregory Terry William Lamberth Jason Powell Mark White
Last Action
Pub. Ch. 960
View Details
https://lawsforlandlords.com/bill/tn-2017-hb2439/

Must-Know Tennessee Landlord-Tenant Laws

Law For Landlords

In the U.S., there are nearly 48.5 million rental units. A little over half of these rental units are owned by business entities, while the rest are owned by individual investors.

There are a lot of good reasons to own rental property in, including providing a passive income source as well as the potential for property value appreciation. Many Americans have managed to make rental property ownership their full-time job, while others might keep a few rental properties as a way of making extra income.

If you are considering becoming a landlord, you likely have a lot of questions. What regulations do landlords need to know? What should I know as a landlord in general?

Understanding landlord-tenant laws is essential for protecting yourself legally and financially. Here’s a brief guide for self-managing landlords regarding some of the most important federal and state laws.

The Fair Housing Act

The Fair Housing Act is one of the two major federal laws that impact all property managers and landlords across the country. This is a law that prohibits discrimination due to national origin, race, religion, color, disability, sex or familial status. This law applies to:

  • Renting or buying a home
  • Seeking housing assistance
  • Getting a mortgage
  • Engaging in other housing-related activities

This law extends beyond leasing where landlords are concerned. It also applies to advertising, meaning that it is illegal to market your properties to any specific group of people.

Fair Credit Reporting Act

The Fair Credit Reporting Act is a law that requires landlords to do a number of things when running a credit check. These include receiving permission from an applicant to run a credit report, informing the applicant if their credit report was the basis for adverse action or denial, and providing specific information regarding the credit reporting agency they used

Law Paint Law

It is required by landlords under federal law to disclose the presence of lead paint. They are not required to remove lead paint under federal law, but state laws might dictate otherwise. It’s important to learn about your state and municipality laws regarding lead paint in addition to the federal law.

Discrimination Law

Beyond the Federal Fair Housing Act, state and local laws might provide additional protection beyond the federal law. These might extend protections to people based on their sexual orientation, age, marital status, political association and even hairstyle.

Tenant Duties

While your tenant is responsible for some things, you should know what those things are as the landlord. Then, you can include those duties in your lease agreement. If a tenant doesn’t fulfill their duties, you may be able to provide a notice to vacate in law. Your tenants need to comply with local health and building codes to keep themselves and others safe. They also need to dispose of garbage safely and legally, and they need to use the property reasonably. That means living in the property, but unreasonable uses could include conducting business. Tenants are also responsible for keeping the property clean on a daily basis. They also can’t do anything that would disturb their neighbors, especially if you own a duplex or a similar property. A tenant must also ensure their guests also comply with these requirements. And whenever your tenant has any issues, they must notify you so that you can correct the problem.

Security Deposit Limit

Before a tenant moves in, you can charge them a security deposit. Fortunately, doesn’t have any limitations regarding the amount the deposit can be. You can set an amount based on the property’s rent or value. And you can charge a security deposit for short-term or long-term leases. Then, you can hold onto that amount for the duration of the tenant’s stay. While you can use the money from the deposit, it’s smart to keep it in a separate account. When the tenant moves out, you can make sure you have enough money to pay them back. You can outline the terms of the security deposit, such as the amount and when you will return it, in your lease agreement. That way, you and your tenant both understand the terms, and you can use similar language if you ever buy property in another state.

A Legal Lease Document

Each state and some municipalities might have laws regarding the lease contract. Rental contracts must abide by all laws and be legally written. It is necessary to indicate tenant names, monthly rental rates, and leasing periods clearly.

In some jurisdictions, it is required that certain legal disclosures be included in the lease document. Working with a lawyer to produce your rental contract can help ensure that the lease provides all of the required information and doesn’t break any federal, state, or local laws.

Required Disclosures

It is common in many states to require landlords to inform tenants about individual landlord policies, certain state laws, or specific information about the rental. It might be required that this is disclosed within the lease itself or in additional documentation.

It’s important to look into your state’s requirements about disclosures. However, some commonly required disclosures include notice of recent deaths, mold, meth contamination, or other safety or health hazards.

Providing a Safe Environment

One important landlord-tenant law has to do with the habitability of the rental unit. The definition of “safe, habitable condition” might be different between states. For this reason, you must familiarize yourself with the laws for landlords in your location.

Typically, this means that the property cannot have serious deficiencies. It also means that fixtures, appliances, heating, and plumbing need to be in working order. You also cannot rent out a property that is infested with pests or insects.

 Landlords are usually responsible for dealing with infestations even if the outbreak happens after the tenant moves in. However, in many states, this can be avoided by specifying that the renter is responsible for pest control.

Laws About Making Repairs

In the lease agreement, it will be outlined that the tenants are responsible for reporting necessary repairs. It then becomes the landlord’s responsibility to complete the repairs within an appropriate amount of time.

If a landlord doesn’t make a repair in a timely manner in a way that impacts the safety or health of a tenant, a tenant might have the right to withhold rent.

Security Deposits

It is common for landlords to require a security deposit from the tenant. This is in order to cover the costs of any damage the tenant causes or if they fail to pay rent. A landlord must refund the security deposit unless it is needed to cover the cost of fixing property damage or covering default rent payments.

In some states, how the security deposit is kept is dictated by the law. It is also typically required that an itemized list of deductions must be provided to the tenant if the landlord is using some of the deposit for these purposes.

The unused portion of the deposit must be returned and the itemized statement must be provided. If they aren’t, the landlord can face financial and legal repercussions.

Renters Right To Privacy

Most landlord-tenant rules and regulations cover the right to quiet enjoyment of a tenant. This means that it is their right to live on a property undisturbed. The landlord must give proper notice before entering the rental unit, which is usually 24 to 48 hours unless there is an emergency.

Landlords can only enter the rental property for valid reasons and at a reasonable time of day after giving notice.

Landlord-Tenant Laws: Essential For Protecting Yourself Legally and Financially

Without a good understanding of landlord-tenant laws, you can find yourself in a mess of legal and financial trouble. It’s therefore very important to familiarize yourself with the federal, state, and local laws regarding the rights of tenants and the responsibilities of landlords.

Are you looking for more valuable resources to serve as a guide for self-managing landlords? You can find more resources and guides here.

Reviewing Laws for Landlords

Understanding laws for landlords is essential for keeping your properties up and running. It can also protect you and your finances if you have a problematic tenant or experience other issues. Whether you just bought your first rental property or are looking to expand, you should understand how these laws affect you. That way, you won’t have to worry about losing everything. Do you want to learn more about laws for landlords? Let us know.

Please understand that because of the nature of the topic, this page has been written in a generalized form. Further guidance should be sought on the topic being searched by the landlord.

Tennessee Landlord Legislation Blog

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Governor’s Latest Executive Order

KEY FACTS: Issued:  October 15, 2020
Expires:  November 14, 2020 Caveat:
Late Fee Prohibition Remains in Effect
Through December 31, 2020 KEY ISSUES:
Rent Demands: Extends 30-day rent
demand until November 14th The 30-day
rent demand applies to ALL Landlords
(residential and commercial). Late Fees:
The Order establishes a ban […]

Eviction Moratorium Ends

Time to Focus on Rental Assistance Breaking News August 27, 2021 The U.S. Supreme Court ended the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC’s) eviction moratorium Thursday night, giving much-needed relief to America’s small housing providers facing financial hardship for more than a year. In a 6-3 ruling, a majority of justices agreed that the stay on the lower court’s order finding the CDC’s eviction moratorium to be unlawful was no longer justified. In their order, the justices wrote, “The

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A Guide to Section 8 for Landlords

Over 10 million Americans are afforded federal rental assistance under a program known as Section 8 housing. This federal rental assistance can be used all over the United States, which means that all US landlords should have a basic understanding of what Section 8 is and how it works. In short, Section 8 housing provides a solution for low-income families and individuals who are in need of housing. But how does Section 8 housing work for landlords? If you’ve poked around online

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Pros and Cons of Month-to-Month Rental Leases

The real estate market is in a particularly unusual state in 2021 as the overall economy seeks to correct itself during an ongoing pandemic. One of the more surprising results of the past year is that while housing prices are going up, the cost to rent is, in many places, going down or stabilizing. Now is a great time for property owners to analyze the kind of leasing agreements they typically offer. Is month-to-month rental a better solution in the present,

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A Guide to Squatter Rights- What Landlords Absolutely Need to Know

If you’re a landlord who has recently discovered the presence of unknown tenants living in one of your properties, you’re probably wondering what to do next. Is this trespassing? Can you simply kick them out? The answer is not quite so simple, assuming these unexpected tenants are squatters. We tend to think of squatters in basic, colloquial terms: people who have moved into a property they don’t own or rent and live there without permission. However, you’ve probably also heard

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A Complete Guide to Every Step in the Eviction Process

As a landlord, your hope is to bring on high-quality tenants that abide by the lease and pay rent on time each month. However, you might be surprised at how likely it is that you could find yourself going through the eviction process at some point in your tenure. In the past few years, US eviction data was compiled and revealed just how common evictions actually are. In fact, in 2016 alone, 2.3 million evictions were filed in America. Our goal is

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The Landlord’s Guide to Rent Collection

There are over 10 million individual landlords in the United States, each with its own methods for rent collection. How a landlord collects rent, what they charge, and how they deal with late payments has to do both with their personal preferences and the laws in their state. Renting is a great way to earn side money or even a full liveable income, but there are many things to consider before you begin looking for tenants. If you have a property you’re interested

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