- Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Tennessee state landlords can raise rent only after the lease has ended.
- Notice Required to Raise Rent. There is no specific statue on the amount of notice that is required; however, it is customary to provide 30 days’ notice from next rent due date.
- Bounced Check Fees. Tennessee state landlords may charge up to $30 for bounced checks.
When Can a Landlord Increase Rent?
A Tennessee landlord must abide by the lease agreement. Therefore, a landlord must generally wait until the end of the term of the lease to increase the amount of rent.
When is it Illegal to Raise Rent?
It is illegal for a Tennessee landlord to increase rent in retaliation when a tenant has complained to him/her about a violation or used legal remedies available to him/her in regard to a rental property. (TN Code 66-28-514)
According to the Federal Fair Housing Act, it is illegal for a Tennessee landlord to raise rent based on the age, race, religion, nation or origin, familial status, or disability status of a tenant.
Is there a Rent Increase Limit?
The state of Tennessee does not regulate the amount that a landlord may increase rent.
How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?
Although the state provides no specific laws on the amount of notice that must be provided to a month-to-month tenant, it is customary that a landlord must provide the same amount that would be provided when seeking to end tenancy. A landlord should provide at least a 30-Day Notice before a rent increase.
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How Often Can Rent Be Increased?
Tennessee does not regulate the frequency with which a landlord may seek to increase rent.
Laws Regarding Late Fees
A Tennessee landlord may charge up to 10% of the past due rent amount beginning on the 5th day after rent became due. If the 5th day of the grace period is on a Sunday or legal holiday, the landlord must wait until the next business day to collect the late fee. (TN Code § 66-28-201) Late fees should be disclosed in the lease agreement.
Laws Regarding Bounced Check Fees
A Tennessee landlord may charge up to $30 for payments returned for insufficient funds. (TN Code 47-29-102).
Cities in the State With Rent Control
The state of Tennessee has no legislation controlling the amount of rent a landlord may charge. Indeed, Tennessee legislation preempts the implementation of legislation seeking to impose rent control. (TN Code § 66-35-101)