What is a Tennessee Eviction Notice or Notice to Quit?
When to use a Tennessee Eviction Notice:
- Your tenant has failed to pay the rent.
- Your tenant has violated any provision of the lease or rental agreement.
- The lease or rental agreement has expired and the tenant has remained on the property.
- You want to terminate a month-to-month tenancy.
30 DAY NOTICE
TO TENANT(S) AND ALL OTHERS IN POSSESSION OF THE PREMISES LOCATED AT:
, , Tennessee
LANDLORD RESERVES ALL THE RIGHTS AND REMEDIES PROVIDED UNDER THE RENTAL AGREEMENT AND UNDER APPLICABLE LAWS OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE INCLUDING BUT NOT LIMITED TO DAMAGES FOR UNPAID RENT OR PROPERTY AND NOTHING IN THIS NOTICE MAY BE CONSTRUED AS A WAIVER OF SUCH RIGHTS AND REMEDIES.
Tennessee Eviction Notice FAQs
Am I legally allowed to evict tenants for overdue rent in Tennessee?
In general, yes, and you can make a Tennessee Eviction Notice (specifically referred to as a 14-Day Notice to Quit) to start the process. That said, due to COVID-19, several protections and limitations have been put in place for tenants. Despite the fact that the federal ban on eviction was blocked by the United States Supreme Court, the state and municipal governments in Tennessee have the authority to create and enforce their own regulations for evictions. Stay up to date with the ask a local landlord-tenant lawyer for more specific insight.
Should a landlord make an Eviction Notice in Tennessee?
In order to legally evict a tenant, you must serve a Notice of Eviction first. Some of the reasons why you may need one are:
- The tenant is behind on rent payments
- The tenant brings on a subletter in breach of the agreement
- The tenant has caused substantial damage to the property
- The tenant disturbs the quiet enjoyment of their neighbors
- The tenant is using their unit illegally
- The tenant gets a dog or cat and the rental agreement contains a no-pets clause
Outside of lease violations, a renter generally can be evicted due to other reasons that are not related to their conduct. For example, if the property owner wishes to move in. Keep in mind that the list presented above is not comprehensive and that the legally acceptable reasons for evicting tenants can change based on your specific city, among other considerations. If you've got any questions or concerns about Tennessee eviction laws, you can always talk to an attorney.
How should the key information in a Tennessee Notice to Vacate be organized?
When ready, you can click on the "Make document" button to take a closer look at our Tennessee Eviction Notice sample. In order to draft your TN Notice to Vacate with Rocket Lawyer, you usually will need:
- The location and description of the property
- The renter's contact information
- How long the tenant will have to address the situation
- How many past due payments need to be made (if appropriate)
- Which of the clauses in the lease are not being met
In the event that your tenant is not at fault, you have the ability to provide more context. With the Rocket Lawyer document tool, you have the ability to add further custom editing, as well. It will be very important to make sure that any policies and terms that you make note of are actually present in the fully signed rental contract.
How will Tennessee eviction laws impact me as a landlord?
Eviction laws continually evolve over time and the actual legal process and restrictions can be rather complicated for a first-timer. In some cases, there are different requirements depending on the length of the tenant's occupancy and the reason for eviction. As a result, it is strongly recommended that all property owners connect with a local eviction lawyer when planning to deliver a Notice of Eviction to any tenant.
How can I fill out a Tennessee Eviction Notice template online for free?
The good news is you don't need to reinvent the wheel when making your document. With the document tools on Rocket Lawyer, any landlord or property manager can make Tennessee Eviction Notices online very easily. Your notice is assembled piece by piece as you provide more details throughout the process. This method is, in most cases, much less expensive than finding and working with the average provider.
How much might I normally need to pay for an attorney to help me evict a tenant in Tennessee?
If you want to understand the total cost of eviction, you'll need to take into consideration the fees associated with filing court documents, attorney fees, the value of unrecovered funds, storage or cleaning fees, and finally, the time and money you will spend finding new tenants. Fortunately, you do not have to pay hundreds of dollars to get a Notice of Eviction made. Rocket Lawyer isn't a run-of-the-mill eviction form website. With us, any landlord under a Rocket Lawyer Premium membership can take advantage of up to a 40% discount when hiring an attorney from our Rocket Lawyer attorney network.
How much time does the Tennessee eviction process normally take from beginning to end?
The duration of the eviction process for Tennessee tenants is determined in part by the amount of notice required, as well as the overall volume of proceedings being held concurrently. Here's a generalized explanation of Tennessee notice periods:
- Rent-related: 14-day notice
- Violation of rental contract: 14- or 30-day notice depending on the violation
- No cause: 30-day notice
When your notice period is over, the actual eviction can still take from 4 to 8 weeks. Please note that in certain types of housing, for instance where rent payments are subsidized by the government, the mandatory notice period is often even longer.
Do I need an attorney if I am evicting someone in Tennessee?
While you may build a Notice of Eviction on your own, most property owners who file eviction lawsuits will hire an attorney to represent them. Finding a lawyer to double-check your document might take a lot of time if you do it alone. An easier approach worth consideration is to request help from Rocket Lawyer attorney services. Premium members are able to ask for feedback from an attorney with relevant experience or send other questions. As a property owner, you can be confident that Rocket Lawyer is here by your side.
What are my next steps after writing a Notice of Eviction/Notice to Quit in Tennessee?
Upon finishing your Tennessee Eviction Notice with the help of Rocket Lawyer, you can retrieve it at any time and place. As a Rocket Lawyer member, you can edit it, copy it, download it in PDF format or as a Word document, and/or print it out as necessary. You will need to sign the notice before serving it on the tenant(s). You can choose from a few methods when serving the notice:
- Deliver it by hand
- Send it via certified mail with a return receipt
- Work with a professional process server
Please remember that "self-help" evictions are not legal. Landlords should not padlock the doors, turn off utilities, remove personal belongings, or harass and threaten tenants in any way in order to make them move. Acting lawfully before and throughout the eviction proceedings will give you the best chance of removing tenants successfully under an official court order.