Tennessee Rent Increase Laws

Tennessee Rent Increase Laws

Last Updated: January 10, 2024 by Jessica Menefee

Rent Increase Facts Answer
Reason Needed? No
Maximum Amount None
Required Notice No Statute

Does Tennessee Have Rent Control?

Tennessee does not have rent control laws limiting the amount that landlords ask for rent. In addition, state law prohibits local governments from establishing rent control laws.

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When Can a Landlord Raise Rent in Tennessee?

Landlords in Tennessee can raise the rent at any time, as long as they comply with the following:

  • Give reasonable notice
  • Wait until the end of the lease term (unless otherwise specified in the lease)
  • Aren’t raising rent for discriminatory or retaliatory reasons


60 days before the end of a year-long lease, a landlord sends a notice that rent will increase by 7.5% if they choose to renew the lease.

When Can’t a Landlord Raise Rent in Tennessee?

Landlords in Tennessee may not raise the rent if:

  • The increase is applied in a way that discriminates against one of the protected classes specified in the Fair Housing Act.
  • It is done in response to a protected tenant action, such as requesting repairs. This is known as “retaliation.
  • It is during the middle of a lease’s fixed term (unless stated otherwise in the lease agreement).

How Often Can Rent Be Increased in Tennessee?

Landlords in Tennessee can increase the rent as often as they wish, as long as reasonable notice is provided each time.

How Much Notice is Needed to Raise Rent in Tennessee?

Tennessee law does not require a specific notice period before raising the rent. Even though Tennessee law has no minimum notice period, it still requires that parties to a contract act in good faith, meaning that a landlord should give the tenant reasonable notice when increasing rent.


Nashville and Davidson County law require at least 60 days written notice before increasing rent. However, state law prevents counties with populations over 75,000 (as of the 2010 US Census) from enacting rules that exceed the requirements of the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act so the local requirement is not enforceable.

How Much Can a Landlord Raise Rent in Tennessee?