Morristown, TN asked in Estate Planning and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee

Q: We live in TN. Our landlord just passed away, she has a will and an executor, who do we pay rent to?

1 Lawyer Answer
John W. Crow
John W. Crow
  • Estate Planning Lawyer
  • Nashville, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: I would speak with the attorney for the executor and let him know that you need to pay rent. In Tennessee real estate is not necessarily under the control of the executor. It depends on whether the real estate was made subject to the executor's administration of the estate. If it was not, then the rent may have to be paid directly to the beneficiaries of the real estate in the will. Obviously, I presume you do not know who those persons are. As such, I would just call the attorney for the executor and speak with him/her about the situation and they should be able to provide you more direction.

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