Asked in Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee

Q: New owner trying to raise rent by $164 for repair that should have been done by previous owner/ maintenance.

Notice states: reasons for request on rent increase is (1) repair(s) and (2) new owners.

Can they increase my lease which is from 8/1/23 to 7/31/24? Given 60 days before rent increase. I NEED HELP PLEASE.

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A: In Tennessee, landlords cannot raise the rent during the middle of a lease's fixed term (unless stated otherwise in the lease agreement). Therefore, your landlord cannot raise your rent by $164 for repairs that should have been done by the previous owner/maintenance unless your lease agreement specifically allows for rent increases during the lease term.

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