Tennessee State Rent Increases & Fees

  • Rent Control / Increase Limitations. Tennessee state landlords can raise rent only after the lease has ended.
  • Notice Required to Raise Rent. For month-to-month tenancies, Tennessee landlords must 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 rent agreement. Therefore a landlord must generally wait until the end of the term of the lease to increase the amount of rent. Although the state provides no specific legislation on the amount of notice must be provided to a month-to-month tenant, it is largely agreed that a landlord must provide the same amount that would be provided when seeking to end tenancy.

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 regards to a rental property (Tennessee Statute 66-28-514).

It is also 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 Fair Housing Act.

Is there a rent increase limit?

The state of Tennessee does not legislate the amount that a landlord may increase rent.

How Much Notice is Needed for Raising Rent?

Since a landlord is generally required to provide the same amount of notice when seeking to increase rent as when he/she is seeking to end a month-to-month rental agreement, a Tennessee landlord would be expected to provide a 30-Day Notice before increased rent may be expected.

How Often Can Rent Be Increased?

Tennessee does not legislate 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 (Tennessee Statute 47-29-201(d)).

Laws Regarding Bounced Check fees

A Tennessee landlord may charge up to $30 for payments returned for insufficient funds (Tennessee Statute 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.