Hermitage, TN asked in Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee

Q: Can I evict tenants if they have a lease but I want to move into the property?

I am wanting to purchase a home in Nashville, TN that is currently occupied by tenants. Do I have to let them stay until their lease is up? Or can I evict them if I intend to move into the property?

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Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
  • Brentwood, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: A buyer of an occupied property typically purchases subject to the lease. Which means you need to honor the lease terms. However, in some leases, there is a termination on sale clause, which also means the lease terminates when the property is sold. Other times, certain conditions can be negotiated between the seller, buyer, and tenant. You would need more info about the current lease to determine options.

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