Tennessee Rent Increases & Fees

Last Updated: May 6, 2022 by Elizabeth Souza

  • 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.

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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)