2018 Tennessee Code
Title 66 - Property
Chapter 7 - Leases
§ 66-7-109. Notice of termination by landlord.
(a) (1) Except as provided in this section, fourteen (14) days' notice by a landlord shall be sufficient notice of termination of tenancy for the purpose of eviction of a residential tenant, if the termination of tenancy is for one of the following reasons:
(A) Tenant neglect or refusal to pay rent that is due and is in arrears, upon demand;
(B) Damage beyond normal wear and tear to the premises by the tenant, members of the household, or guests; or
(C) The tenant or any other person on the premises with the tenant's consent willfully or intentionally commits a violent act or behaves in a manner which constitutes or threatens to be a real and present danger to the health, safety or welfare of the life or property of other tenants, the landlord, the landlord's representatives or other persons on the premises.
(2) If the notice of termination of tenancy is given for one of the reasons set out in subdivision (a)(1)(A) or (B) and the breach is remediable by repairs or the payment of rent or damages or otherwise and the tenant adequately remedies the breach prior to the date specified in the notice from the landlord, the rental agreement will not terminate. If substantially the same act or omission which constituted a prior noncompliance of which notice was given recurs within six (6) months, the landlord may terminate the rental agreement upon at least fourteen (14) days' written notice specifying the breach and the date of termination of the rental agreement.
(b) For all other defaults in the lease agreement, a thirty (30) day termination notice from the date such notice is given by the landlord shall be required for the purpose of eviction of a residential tenant.
(c) This section shall not apply to a tenancy where the rental period is for less than fourteen (14) days.
(d) Notwithstanding § 66-7-107 or this section to the contrary, three (3) days' notice by a landlord is sufficient notice of termination of tenancy to evict a residential tenant in a housing authority created pursuant to title 13, chapter 20, part 4 or 5, or a residential tenant, who is not mentally or physically disabled, in a rental property located in any county not governed by the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, compiled in title 66, chapter 28, if the tenant, in either case, or any other person on the premises with the tenant's consent, willfully or intentionally:
(1) Commits a violent act;
(2) Engages in any drug-related criminal activity; or
(3) Behaves in a manner that constitutes or threatens to be a real and present danger to the health, safety, or welfare of the life or property of other tenants, the landlord, the landlord's representatives, or other persons on the premises.
(1) If domestic abuse, as defined in § 36-3-601, is the underlying offense for which a tenancy is terminated, only the perpetrator may be evicted. The landlord shall not evict the victims, minor children under eighteen (18) years of age, or innocent occupants, any of whom occupy the subject premises under a lease agreement, based solely on the domestic abuse. Even if evicted or removed from the lease, the perpetrator shall remain financially liable for all amounts due under all terms and conditions of the present lease agreement.
(2) If a lease agreement is in effect, the landlord may remove the perpetrator from the lease agreement and require the remaining adult tenants to qualify for and enter into a new agreement for the remainder of the present lease term. The landlord shall not be responsible for any and all damages suffered by the perpetrator due to the bifurcation and termination of the lease agreement in accordance with this section.
(3) If domestic abuse, as defined in § 36-3-601, is the underlying offense for which tenancy could be terminated, the victim and all adult tenants shall agree, in writing, not to allow the perpetrator to return to the subject premises or any part of the community property, and to immediately report the perpetrator's return to the proper authority, for the remainder of the tenancy. A violation of such agreement shall be cause to terminate tenancy as to the victim and all other tenants.
(4) The rights under this section shall not apply until the victim has been judicially granted an order of protection against the perpetrator for the specific incident for which tenancy is being terminated, a copy of such order has been provided to the landlord, and the order:
(A) Provides for the perpetrator to move out or vacate immediately;
(B) Prohibits the perpetrator from coming by or to a shared residence;
(C) Requires that the perpetrator stay away from the victim's residence; or
(D) Finds that the perpetrator's continuing to reside in the rented or leased premises may jeopardize the life, health, and safety of the victim or the victim's minor children.
(5) Failure to comply with this section, or dismissal of an order of protection that allows application of this section, abrogates the rights provided to the victim, minor children, and innocent occupants under this section.
(6) The rights granted in this section shall not apply in any situation where the perpetrator is a child or dependent of any tenant.
(7) Nothing in this section shall prohibit the eviction of a victim of domestic abuse for non-payment of rent, a lease violation, or any violation of this chapter.
(f) Nothing in this section shall apply to rental property located in any county governed by the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act, compiled in chapter 28 of this title.
(1) It is deemed to be material noncompliance and default by the tenant with the rental agreement, if the tenant pretends to have a disability-related need for an assistance animal in order to obtain an exception to a provision in a rental agreement that prohibits pets or establishes limits on the types of pets that tenants may possess on residential rental property. As used in this subsection (g), "assistance animal" means an animal that works, provides assistance, or performs tasks for the benefit of a person with a disability, or provides emotional support that alleviates one (1) or more identified symptoms or effects of a person's disability.
(2) The landlord may recover damages and obtain injunctive relief for any noncompliance and default by the tenant with the rental agreement under this subsection (g). The landlord may recover reasonable attorney's fees for breach of contract and nonpayment of rent as provided in the rental agreement.
(3) A provision in a rental agreement that authorizes a landlord to hold a tenant in breach or default of the rental agreement in accordance with this subsection (g) is not unconscionable and is fully enforceable.