Cookeville, TN asked in Real Estate Law and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee

Q: I was given less than 2 weeks to move out due to no fault of my own. Do I have rights?

The landlord ignored a sewer problem in this apartment complex resulting in everyone here to be given less than 2 weeks to find another place and move out. I just need to know if I have any rights as a tenant for this matter.

1 Lawyer Answer

Anthony M. Avery

  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: The only real rights you have deal with your possession. The Owner/Landlord must file a Detainer Warrant, have it served on you or posted, then conduct a Hearing. You might ask for a Continuance, but at that next Hearing, the Judge will grant him Possession, and you have another ten days to leave or Appeal. To actually remove you, Owner must get a Writ of Possession issued where the Sheriff physically removes you or you are a Trespasser.

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