Tennessee Standard Residential Lease Agreement

Last updated September 1st, 2022

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A Tennessee standard residential lease agreement is a contract between a landlord and tenant that relays all the terms and conditions of their rental arrangement. The document will state the term of the lease and the price of the monthly rent. The standard term of a residential lease is one (1) year with rent payments due on the first day of each month. If the landlord includes any furnishings, utilities, and appliances with the rental, they must account for these in the lease document. The landlord may require the tenant to pay a security deposit, for which there is no state-mandated limit. Failure of the tenant to make any payments on time may result in their agreement being terminated and legal action.

Rental Laws – Title 66, Chapter 28 (Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act)

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Security Deposits

Maximum – Not mentioned in state statutes.

Returning (§ 66-28-301(f)) – Not specified in state statutes. Landlord can keep unclaimed deposits sixty (60) days after sending notice to the tenant.

When is Rent Due?

The tenant must be given a grace period of five (5) days after rent is due before the landlord can charge fees for late rent (§66-28-201(d)).

Disclosures (3)

1) Landlord Information

Tenants must be provided a written document containing the contact information of the landlord, property owner, and agent thereof for the service of processes and notices/demands before starting their tenancy.

2) Lead-Based Paint Disclosure

Property owners are required to complete this form if a building was constructed before 1978.

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3) Showings

If a landlord wishes to enter the premises to show prospective tenants the property, they may do so within thirty (30) days before the end of lease term provided they have indicated such right of access in the lease agreement and given the tenant at least twenty-four (24) hours’ notice before entry.