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Q: Can my landlord legally sue me?

I was unable to reach my landlord and it was day 33 of having emergent safety concerns submitted to maintenance. (Window fell out of wall, breaker was sparking/blowing, floor caved in, no smoke detectors/sprinklers/extinguishers, and they building failed building and code inspection) I sent my 60... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 13, 2021

Yes you can be sued. Be prepared to testify that you did not cause damages and possession has been returned. Expect a continuance and you may want to hire an attorney.

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Q: How can I be evicted during corona virus?

We got behind on our bills and was living in a Habitat for humanity home for right at 5 years. We managed to get caught up and it was a huge relief all that the attorney told us was to make sure to pay on time from now on. And me thinking all was well I quit worrying about it next thing I knew was... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jun 9, 2021

Only Detainer Warrants that involved real property subject to Government Guaranteed Deeds of Trust were prohibited for the past year. It appears you were a month to month renter.

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Q: Due to Covid can my landlord give me 60 days to move out because she sold the house without telling us she was selling?

She called us to tell us we have 60 days to vacate. We didn’t even know that she was selling the house. I have 4 kids and my mom lives with us. Please help. I don’t know what to do.

Bennett James Wills
Bennett James Wills answered on Apr 21, 2021

The answer is in your lease. If you still have a lease term then she cannot evict you for selling the house. If, however, you are on a month-month lease, then perhaps she can give you proper notice to vacate. The owner does not need your permission to sell the house; but any buyer of the property... Read more »

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Q: i have been paying rent to an apartment, who now has no record of me lving there help?? please!!

My apartment complex got bought out by a new management company and has somehow moved me out of their system. They have now switched over to online rent payment option only and i have no way now of making my payments due to the webiste saying there is no record of me living at the adress. No one in... Read more »

Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison answered on Dec 8, 2020

Yes, I would go talk to the management company in person. If the facts are as you describe, they should be able to fix the error in their system. You could also write letters/emails to the management company describing the issue and asking them to rectify. If you are still unable to resolve this,... Read more »

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Q: What is the process that I need to take to evict and recover rent for nonpayment/tenant breaking lease?

Nashville: I am a landlord that has a signed lease agreement with a tenant for 12-months of which 6-months were fulfilled. The tenant is currently at my property, hasn’t paid rent and stated the he does not plan to pay.

What are the steps that I need to take to ensure the tenant is... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Dec 7, 2020

Hire a competent attorney in the Davidson County area. Get him to file a Detainer Warrant and prosecute it until the occupant is gone. Do not get security deposits anymore, due to the Landlord/Tenant Act applying there. Hopefully the virus mess will not hold you up, but file the Detainer asap.

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Q: Should one dispute excessive move-out fees in small claims court?

I recently moved out of an apartment in Tennessee. Despite multiple requests, I was never given a walk-through. In addition, we left 2 weeks before our lease ended due to fear of COVID-19, and the fact that we did not feel our apartment was following CDC Guidelines.

Despite this, the... Read more »

Anthony M. Avery
Anthony M. Avery answered on Jul 23, 2020

Venue will basically be the County and State of the leasehold. If you do not pay what is demanded, then the landlord can sue you in that County, but will have to try to collect any Judgment against you. If there was a security deposit, than that might be something to sue for.

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Q: I will no longer be able to pay my rent after July & will have 2 months left on the lease. Can I move without being sued

Due to a recent heart & thyroid condition along with now The Covid 19 shutting me out of business I’m living off my savings account without an income coming in. I’m currently paying $3,500 monthly to rent a house. I will no longer be able to afford to stay in the house after making July’s... Read more »

Shanone Emmack
Shanone Emmack answered on Apr 24, 2020

You should first re-read your lease and see if there is a termination clause and decide if you have an option to terminate early under the clause. You should also talk to your landlord about your situation and see if he will let you out of the lease. If not, then I suggest giving him at least 30... Read more »

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