A Tennessee 30 Day Notice To Vacate terminates a month-to-month or fixed-term lease in URLTA counties, and any type of tenancy in Non-URLTA locations. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least thirty (30) calendar days before the date of termination.
When to Use a Tennessee 30 Day Notice To Vacate
A Tennessee 30 Day Notice To Vacate terminates the following types of tenancy:
- In all Tennessee counties:
- An expired lease
- A rental with no written lease where the tenant pays rent on a monthly basis
- In all counties governed by URLTA:
- A rental agreement, including a month-to-month or year-to-year lease
- In Non-URLTA counties:
- Any type of tenancy, including periodic (e.g., week-to-week or month-to-month) and fixed-term
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 30 Day Notice To Vacate
To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Vacate:
- Use the full name of the receiving party, and address of record, if known
- Specify the basis upon which the tenancy will terminate
- Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
- 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 30 Day Notice To Vacate
Tennessee landlords and tenants may deliver a Notice To 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 versus 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.