Smyrna, TN asked in Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee

Q: What is the law on tn rentals reguarding 2nd late fee then unpaid rent- an the time frame to terminate tenacy..?

If i i have a tenant an within 2 months-a late payment fee -after 5 day grace period ,was issued an it is the 1st time the 14 day pay or quit was given. ...then they paid that......

AN a few months later -missed payment 1 of 2 per month -an they promised to pay it all on next pay setup.....2weeks later ..[ i then issued a 7 day pay or quit...] then 7 days later - on day they promised to pay - they miss payment - can i give them the 7day termination of lease letter - since they had over 14 days an nothing paid for both periods an its over a second time? ..They just said they are moving in text . but i still left it with them at door..Including print outs of all recent texts ..I HAD THE FORM NOTARISED AN TAPED TO DOOR..AN IN A FOLDER - ALL OUR PAST SIGNED AGREEMENTS AN HER TEXTS ..ITS ON CAMERA.

I WANT TO AVOID COURT IF POSSIBLE SINCE SHE TEXTED SHES MOVING an didnt give day. BUT NOT SURE ON Law with the 2nd pay quit 7 DAY NOTICE. Then a 7day termination letter.

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1 Lawyer Answer
Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills
  • Brentwood, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Depends on what your lease says and whether you are accepting payments with or without reservation. But you can't evict someone without filing a detainer summons and getting an order of possession.

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