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Q: If an "early termination clause" was NOT in the lease, can the Landlord assess fees?

We ended the lease early, and per the lease gave them their 60-day notice and paid rent thru it. In addition they leased the unit. Now they are telling us we have to pay to "break the lease", this was not in the original lease.

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Q: Apartment management sent a statement balance without an itemized bill. Do I actually have to pay?

I moved out of the apartment on November 13 but the management sent an email on December 14 stated that I owned $917 and they said the wall & repair costed them $835. When I asked for an itemized bill they only sent a ledger (which has a line that showed Damaged - paint & dry wall repairs... View More

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Q: I bought my lease out and the apartment owners are coming after me for more money. What can I do?

They have went as far as collections and 2 collection agency's are now on my credit report

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

If you believe you've fulfilled all financial obligations under your lease agreement, including buying out your lease, it's crucial to address this matter to avoid further damage to your credit. First, gather all documentation related to your lease buyout, payments made, and any... View More

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Q: Can my apartment neighbor place a camera in a building fixture pointing at my door?

I have neighbors that are not directly across from or next to me that removed a light that is attached to the apartment building to install a camera. The camera faces my door and can record inside the entrance of my apartment and also follows my movement as I walk to and from my door. I do not... View More

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answered on Mar 24, 2024

In Davidson County, Tennessee, as in many places, the legality of placing a camera that records a neighbor’s door can be complicated. Typically, it's legal to install security cameras in common areas of apartment buildings, but there should be a reasonable expectation of privacy. If the... View More

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Q: If I receive a 30-day notice on 3/3, when is my last day, considering my rent is due on the 3rd of each month?

I rented a room with roommates in Knoxville on 1/3. The landlord and I had a verbal agreement for a six-month lease. I stayed at the place for 2 months until all tenants received an eviction notice on 3/3. The reason for our eviction is that he wants to raise the rent. The notice states that we are... View More

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

If you received a 30-day notice on March 3rd, and your rent is due on the 3rd of each month, then typically your last day would align with the cycle of your rent period, which would end on April 2nd. However, in your case, the landlord has explicitly mentioned April 30th as the last day of... View More

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Q: Was this legal or do i have any grounds for a lawsuit? There is more of what happened to me as well.

I don't have a lease and paid weekly. And got behind on rent. In november 2022 i was served a detainer warrant had no prior notice before. Went to court landlord was awarded possession but let us stay. In May 2023 we got behind again and on a tuesday the landlord came and knocked and said the... View More

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answered on Mar 26, 2024

Your situation involves several legal matters, and while I can offer some guidance, it's important to consult a legal professional for personalized advice. The legality of the eviction and the actions taken by the landlord and the process server depend on your local jurisdiction's laws... View More

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Q: Can a landlord search an apartment?
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answered on Mar 30, 2024

Absolutely, understanding your rights and the boundaries within which landlords operate is crucial. Typically, landlords can enter an apartment under specific circumstances, such as for repairs, inspections, or in emergencies, but this often requires giving you notice beforehand. The exact rules... View More

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Q: My hoarder ex-girlfriend moved out of my TN house-there's no lease. She won't get her things. What can I do?

The home is my grandmother's, who moved into a smaller home. We lived there together for 4 years; no lease-no rent. She has moved out but left all her tubs, boxes, and stuff that fills the rooms from floor to ceiling. This was a big reason why we split up. She demands-with no notice-I cancel... View More

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

In Tennessee, if your ex-girlfriend lived in the house for an extended period and kept her belongings there, she might be considered a tenant at will, despite not having a formal lease or paying rent. However, since she has moved out, you can take steps to address the situation:

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Q: A family friend signed a house loan for us now we want to sell the house but he wants 50% of the money.

I want to note i am not a legal citizen of the United States that is why our family friend offered to get us a house. We have lived in it for more than two years. We have had some problems with work and we decided one of our options was to move states. I let the friend know we were looking to sell... View More

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answered on Mar 7, 2024

I understand this is a difficult and stressful situation. Based on the information you've provided, here are a few important points to consider:

1. Legal ownership: If the house is legally under your friend's name, they are the legal owner of the property, even if you have made...
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Q: What is the difference between normal wear and tear and damage when renting

I recently moved out of an apartment and the landlord is trying to keep majority of the security deposit based off “damage” however it’s just a couple of scratches on the walls where furniture caused friction.

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answered on Mar 31, 2024

The difference between normal wear and tear and damage is an important distinction when it comes to renting an apartment and determining what costs, if any, should be deducted from a security deposit.

Normal Wear and Tear:

- Occurs naturally over time as the result of normal,...
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Q: What are the rates to file paper work on rent to own property?
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answered on Feb 15, 2024

What is your question? A contract for a deed which is actually a lease with option to purchase may be what you are talking about. That would be a simple contract for an attorney to charge for. But if you are thinking of renting that way, do not do it. All moneys paid in will be forfeited... View More

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Q: Can I evict a tenant for not responding to my notices, calls or text?

Utilities were changed from landlords name w/o permission. I verbally asked her not to change them but it was still done. I updated the lease to state that utilities must stay in landlords name and now she refuses to agree or sign. Now she won’t respond about paying utilities.

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answered on Feb 6, 2024

If the lease term is broke, then it is a breach of contract. There are probably other reasons to file a Detainer Warrant. File suit and let her defend herself.

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Q: In memphis,tn if a writ of possession for eviction is withdrawn can another writ of possession between 4 days happen

On my case file it says a writ of possession for eviction was withdrawn on the 18th but another one was filed on the 22nd and took place by only a private process server and the landlord no officers were there.

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answered on Feb 6, 2024

In Memphis, Tennessee, if a writ of possession for eviction is withdrawn, it is legally permissible for another writ of possession to be filed shortly thereafter, as occurred in your case from the 18th to the 22nd. The issuance of a writ of possession is part of the legal process that allows a... View More

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Q: Landlord violated penalty of perjury with notice.

My landlord's daughter said she mailed us a 30 day notice to leave the premises because she has to repair it and we have no lease, we have a lease from her father when we first moved in years ago. All she did was text us "Consider this your 30 day notice" and today, 2 weeks later,... View More

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answered on Feb 2, 2024

In Tennessee, landlords are typically required to provide tenants with proper notice before initiating eviction proceedings or terminating a lease. The notice must comply with state laws and the terms of the lease agreement, if applicable. While a text message may serve as informal notice, a... View More

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Q: What are my rights as a tenant in TN?

Our apartment flooded due to an external pipe busting. Our property manager is not handling the situation well. Our walls have water damage that is not being treated properly. What can we do?

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answered on Jan 21, 2024

As a tenant in Tennessee, you have specific rights and protections under state law. When your apartment experiences flooding and your property manager is not adequately addressing the situation, there are steps you can take to protect your rights and seek resolution.

Firstly, notify your...
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Q: TN law what can a partition sale tenant in common recover for repairs/improvements are they entitled to any kind of

compensation if one had work done on the house are both responsible by TN law to pay equal for the repairs/improvements?

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answered on Jan 15, 2024

TIC can ask the Court for a reimbursement from the common fund in equity, but it is unlikely it will be awarded.

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Q: Rent the house I own in TN and my living situation finds me needing to move back in my house. Can I give 90 day notice

I want to give renter 90 day notice and break the lease. Can I legally do that?

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answered on Jan 9, 2024

That will almost certainly a breach of the lease contract. Have you read the termination terms of your lease? Depending on the County where you rent, there may be a small amount of leverage with a security deposit if one was given. You might leave and take the chance of being sued. However... View More

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Q: My landlord passed away. I've been living there for going on 3 years. His kids are his beneficiaries and they just stole

Stole my stuff and changed the locks what do I do

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answered on Jan 8, 2024

I'm sorry to hear about your situation. It's important to know that as a tenant, you have rights that must be respected, even in the event of a landlord's passing.

First, if your belongings were taken and the locks changed without proper notice, this could be considered...
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Q: Hi. I am a month late on rent can I still pay the rent to avoid being evicted?
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answered on Dec 28, 2023

If you're facing a situation where you're behind on rent, it's generally advisable to communicate with your landlord as soon as possible. Explain your circumstances, express your commitment to catching up on rent, and inquire if there are any possible arrangements or grace periods... View More

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Q: Can my deceased landlords brother sell the rental house that i rent if his name is not legally recorded as the new owner
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answered on Dec 22, 2023

Any heir is a tenant in common and has authority to sell their interest. There may be a Probate Action also which gives the fiduciary standing sometimes. The title is not your concern as you only have possession unless a Detainer is filed.

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