Boise, ID asked in Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee

Q: Is there a TN statute of limitations on landlords suing tenants for "damages" to property?

I moved out July 2015. Never heard from the apartment complex. Got mail from an attorney in Feb 2020 that I owed complex $490 for damages plus attorney's fees. Can they actually sue me for this after 4.5 years? I left a forwarding address and received nothing.

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Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Knoxville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Getting a letter is not a suit yet. Landlord probably knows you are going to raise the 3 yr SOL on property damages. Your Lease might have had a different suit limitation period, but it is doubtful, and even then would be only a good argument in the face of the Statute. If sued and served, you need to hire a competent attorney as that $ 490 will probably only be the start of the amount sued for. Unless sued, I would not worry about it though.

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