Trenton, TN asked in Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee

Q: I’m living in a rental property . My lease says rent due by 1 after the 5 it’s a 10% late fee . Landlord passed letter

Out saying we have to have rent in by 5 or we get evicted . Can they legally do that if we not behind don’t they have to give us til the end of the month to pay?

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A: Unless the lease specifically provides otherwise, a landlord is not required to give a tenant until the end of the month to pay rent due on the 1st (or other date specified in the lease. In fact, even if the lease does not assess a late fee until the 5th, a landlord can evict for non-payment if the rent is not paid on or before the due date unless the lease specifically gives the tenant a grace period.

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