2010 Tennessee Code
Title 30 - Administration of Estates
Chapter 2 - Management, Settlement and Distribution
Part 3 - Inventory and Management
30-2-304 - Apportionment of rents upon death of life tenant.

30-2-304. Apportionment of rents upon death of life tenant.

(a)  Where a tenant for life of real estate creates a lease out of the tenant's estate for one (1) or more years, and dies before the expiration of the lease, and before the term fixed for the payment of the rent, the rent may be apportioned, and the executor or administrator of the tenant for life may recover of the lessee, pro rata, according to the contract, and for the time the lessee had the use of the property until the death of the tenant for life.

(b)  Whenever any person has rented from a life tenant by written contract signed by the life tenant any real estate, adapted to and rented for farming or agricultural purposes, for a period not exceeding one (1) year, and the written contract has been entered into after December 1st of the preceding year, and the life tenant dies after the succeeding January 1st and during the year for which the contract is made, the lessee shall have the right to hold possession of such premises until the end of the year or term as against the remaindermen and all other persons; and in this case the rents on the premises for the year shall be apportioned between the estate of the deceased life tenant and the remainderman as provided by subsection (a).

[Acts 1877, ch. 159; 1925, ch. 51, § 1; Shan. Supp., §§ 4184, 4184a1; Code 1932, §§ 8406, 8407; T.C.A. (orig. ed.), §§ 30-506, 30-507.]  

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