Nashville, TN asked in Contracts, Real Estate Law, Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee

Q: Just bought the home I live in. Want roommate to sign a lease. What if he won't?

I just bought a house I've rented for 6 years. I've lived in it and will continue to do so. There is a roommate there who has subleased from me for 4 without an actual lease agreement. I want to have a lease or some kind of rental agreement. Can I do this? Can he refuse? What then? It's in Davidson County TN.

1 Lawyer Answer

Leonard Robert Grefseng

  • Columbia, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: As you are now the owner, you can decide the terms under which your tenant may continue to live there. However, if he/she refuses your terms and won't sign, you will have to go through the eviction process ( give advance notice of termination, then filing a detainer warrant) to force him to leave. This assumes they won't voluntarily leave.

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