A Tennessee 14 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate is a letter which complies with state legal requirements to begin eviction against a tenant for substantially damaging the rental property (beyond normal wear and tear), in places NOT governed by the state Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (URLTA). The tenant must take appropriate corrective action or move out within fourteen (14) calendar days of receiving notice.
When To Use a Tennessee 14 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate
A Tennessee 14-Day Notice To Comply or Vacate begins the eviction process in non-URLTA locations, when the tenant substantially damages the rental property (beyond normal wear and tear).
Some types of Tennessee lease termination notice may allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods. This may also apply to an eviction notice issued because of a lease or legal violation.
How To Write a Tennessee 14 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate
To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Comply or Vacate:
- Use the full name of the receiving party, and address of record, if known
- Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
- Specify the basis for terminating the tenancy, and the corrective action(s) required to avoid termination
- Fill in the full address of the rental premises
- Provide updated/current address and phone number information
- Print name and sign the notice
- Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature
It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.
How To Serve a Tennessee 14 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate
Tennessee landlords may deliver a Notice To Comply or Vacate using any of these methods:
- Hand delivery to the other party
- Hand delivery to a person of suitable age on the property who can accept the notice on behalf of the other party, PLUS delivery by mail
- Delivery by electronic form (e.g., email or online tenant portal), only if the parties have agreed to this form of notice in writing
To account for variable delivery times, mailed notice extends the notice period by three (3) calendar days.
URLTA vs Non-URLTA Counties in Tennessee
In Tennessee, depending on the county the property is located in, landlords and tenants are governed by one or both of the following sets of laws:
- Tennessee Property Code Chapter 7 – applies in ALL Tennessee counties
- Tennessee Property Code Chapter 28 – also called the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act (URLTA), only applies in Tennessee counties with a population over 75,000 (as of 2010 Census data)
URLTA laws apply in addition to Chapter 7. Some laws in Chapter 7 do not apply to URLTA counties, and some URLTA laws override the basic Chapter 7 protections.
Tennesee’s URLTA applies in these counties:*:
* This list is subject to change in the future based on federal census data collected every ten years.