Bristol, TN asked in Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee

Q: if a tenant abandoned the room they are renting what can the landlord do to remove personal belongings in the room

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A: In Tennessee, when a tenant abandons their rented room, landlords must follow specific legal procedures to deal with the tenant's personal belongings. First, they need to establish that abandonment has occurred, often due to non-payment of rent or clear signs of vacating. Then, landlords must provide written notice to the tenant, setting a timeframe (usually around 30 days) for the tenant to claim their belongings. Once this period passes with no response, landlords can remove and store the items in a safe location while documenting them carefully.

After the required storage period, landlords can notify the tenant of their intent to sell or dispose of the property. If the tenant still does not claim their belongings, the landlord can proceed with the sale or disposal, adhering to the terms outlined in the notice.

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