Cost of an Eviction in Tennessee

Cost of an Eviction in Tennessee

Last Updated: April 14, 2023 by Elizabeth Souza

The cost of an eviction in Tennessee for all filing, court, and service fees can vary on service fees. For cases filed in Circuit Court (for claims less than $25,000), the average cost is $351. Cases can also be filed in General Sessions Court (for claims up to $25,000), the average cost of an eviction is $187.

These filing, court, and service fees do not include outside costs such as legal fees or post-eviction fees (i.e., locksmith fees, storage costs for a tenant’s abandoned property, cleaning service fees, repair costs, or advertising costs for a vacant dwelling unit).

1. Initial Court Filing Fee

In Tennessee, if the eviction notice expires and the tenant remains on the property without correcting the issue, the landlord may file an eviction lawsuit (“Forcible Entry and Detainer”) with the court the following business day.

The filing fee for an initial Forcible Entry and Detainer is $225 [ttip number=’1′ icon=’popover-balance’] in Circuit Court. For claims filed in General Sessions Court, the filing fee is $42. [ttip number=’2′ icon=’popover-balance’]

2. Summons Service Fee

Once a Detainer Warrant is filed in Tennessee, the court will issue a Summons. The Summons is the tenant’s official notice of an eviction lawsuit and contains important information (i.e., when and where to appear in court). The landlord must arrange for a process server to deliver the Summons to the tenant.

The Summons service fee varies by process server. For example, a sheriff or constable may charge $40 [ttip number=’3′ icon=’popover-balance’] for delivering a Summons; however, a registered private process server may charge more.

3. Writ of Possession Issuance Fee

In Tennessee if the court rules in favor of the landlord, the court shall issue a Writ of Possession. The writ is the tenant’s final notice to vacate the premises.

The filing fee for a writ issuance is $6 [ttip number=’4′ icon=’popover-balance’] in Circuit Court. In the General Sessions Court, the issuance fee varies by county, for example, the filing fee in Nashville is $25.

4. Writ of Possession Service Fee

A Tennessee sheriff or constable must serve the Writ of Possession to the tenant. The service fees for both Circuit Court and General Sessions Court the sheriff or constable can charge $40.[ttip number=’5′ icon=’popover-balance’]

5. Writ of Possession Execution Fee

In Tennessee, if a tenant remains at the premises after the writ expires, a sheriff or constable may execute the writ by removing the tenant from the premises.

They can charge a fee of $40 [ttip number=’6′ icon=’popover-balance’] for executing the writ. Once the writ is executed, possession of the property is legally returned to the landlord.