Tennessee Land Use & Zoning Questions & Answers

Q: There are no leases where I am currently renting. The tenant next door has made his apartment into a barber shop. I have

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Answered on Oct 16, 2017

If there is no lease, then there are no restrictions on the use of the premises. It also means you are not locked in to a definite term, so you can leave whenever you want, ( provided you give the appropriate prior notice to the landlord.)
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Q: 15 years later can a neighbor ask for 1.3 feet of property back that my fence has been on. Can we use adverse poss?

2 Answers | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Jul 21, 2017

Sorry, but your question is too complicated to answer in this limited format without extensive addition information. Adverse possession requires 20 years, but in some situations, one can acquire a "defensive" title after only seven years. The actions of the previous owners are very important, and those could determine the outcome of the whole dispute. It seems unlikely that this one foot warrants the time and expense of a lawsuit, and its even less likely that a Judge would require the fence to...
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Q: Is wholesaling real estate legal in the state of Tennessee?

1 Answer | Asked in Estate Planning, Land Use & Zoning, Legal Malpractice and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Jan 3, 2017

Sorry, but you haven't provided enough information to understand your situation. Please explain what you mean by "wholesaling." Generally, a seller can sell to whoever they want. Buyer and seller are free to agree on all kinds of terms.

Q: I won 16 acres and my neighbor that is land locked has use of a road in our lower field to access his home. He wants to

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning and Real Estate Law for Tennessee on
Answered on Nov 21, 2016

If you own the property, all he has is an "easement by necessity". In other words, he has the right to use the road for access, but he can't 'increase the burden" on your property. He can maintain what is already there, but he can't widen, or improve it. It sounds like the issue is going to come down to what is reasonable maintainence. He will probably say that by doing the major work now, that will eliminate future work and thus be cheaper in the long run. Its hard to predict what a Judge...

Q: can someone charge me rent if they arent the owners of my house yet. they still owe me 80k and want to charge me rent?

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning, Real Estate Law, Small Claims and Landlord - Tenant for Tennessee on
Answered on Jul 19, 2016

No lawyer can give you an accurate answer to this question without reviewing the contract and documents which you signed at the closing of this transaction. If your father has a "life estate," ( the right to live there for the remainder of his life) then he is, in effect the owner of the premises for the remainder of his life, and he can rent to whoever he wants. However, again, there is always more than one way to structure a transaction, and no one can advise you without seeing those...

Q: If I own wooded land, am I able to place a trailer home on the property?

1 Answer | Asked in Land Use & Zoning for Tennessee on
Answered on Sep 3, 2015

You should, before you agree to buy the property, ask the code inspector from the local jurisdiction (county, city, or the like) you are in. Get the answer in writing.

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