Tennessee Eviction Notice Forms

Last Updated: January 10, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

A Tennessee eviction notice form is a legal demand for a tenant to comply with the terms of the rental agreement or else move out of the premises. Tennessee landlords may deliver an eviction notice because of unpaid rent, lease violations, or illegal activity on the rental property.

Types of Tennessee Eviction Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds Curable?
14 Day Notice To Quit Unpaid Rent Yes
14 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate Property Damage

(Non-URLTA)*

Yes
14 Day Notice To Comply Property Damage

(URLTA)*

Yes
7 Day Notice To Vacate Repeat Violation

(URLTA)*

No
14 Day Notice To Vacate Repeat Violation

(Non-URLTA)*

No
3 Day Notice of Termination Violent Act /

Health/Safety Issue

(URLTA)*

No
3 Day Notice To Vacate Violent Act /

Criminal Activity

(Non-URLTA)*

No
Immediate Notice To Vacate Illegal Activity No
30 Day Notice To Quit Lease Violation

(Non-URLTA)*

No
30 Day Notice To Vacate No Lease No

* Tennessee has two sets of laws for rental property, depending on the county: URLTA and Non-URLTA.

Tennessee 14 Day Notice To Quit

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A Tennessee 14 Day Notice to Quit evicts a tenant for nonpayment of rent. In STATE, a landlord can file this notice the day after rent is due, with no grace period for the tenant. The tenant must pay all past due rent or move out within fourteen (14) calendar days. This form of notice applies in all Tennessee counties.

Tennessee 14 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate

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A Tennessee 14 Day Notice To Comply or Vacate demands correction of a lease violation that is “curable,” i.e., the tenant gets a chance to fix the situation rather than be evicted. This might include things like failing to maintain health and safety on the property, or parking a vehicle in an unauthorized area. The tenant must take appropriate corrective action or move out within fourteen (14) calendar days. This form of notice applies to non-URLTA counties only.

Tennessee 14 Day Notice To Comply

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A Tennessee 14 Day Notice To Comply demands correction of a lease violation that is “curable,” i.e., the tenant gets a chance to fix the situation rather than be evicted. This might include things like unauthorized residents living at the premises, or causing a nuisance to neighbors. The tenant must take appropriate corrective action or move out within fourteen (14) calendar days. This form of notice applies to URLTA counties only.

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This type of notice only applies to isolated incidents. If the tenant violates the same (or similar) lease provision more than once within a six-month period, the landlord may use a 7 Day Notice To Vacate, instead.

Tennessee 7 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Tennessee 7 Day Notice To Vacate evicts tenants for repeat lease violations within a six-month period. The tenant is not given an opportunity to take corrective action, and must move out within within seven (7) judicial days (i.e., not counting weekends or legal holidays). This form of notice applies to URLTA counties only.

Tennessee 14 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Tennessee 14 Day Notice To Vacate evicts tenants for repeat lease violations within a 6-month period. The tenant is not given an opportunity to take corrective action, and must move out within within fourteen (14) calendar days. This form of notice applies to non-URLTA counties only.

Tennessee 3 Day Notice of Termination

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A Tennessee 3 Day Notice of Termination evicts a tenant for an “incurable” lease violation, i.e., one which the tenant is not allowed to restore through corrective action, such as commiting a violent act on the premises or neglecting health and safety on the rental property. Tenants are not given an opportunity to take corrective action, and must move out within three (3) judicial days of receiving notice (i.e., not counting weekends and legal holidays).

This form of notice applies to URLTA counties only. Because of this, notice must be delivered on a judicial day (a day when the courthouse is open) so the tenant has immediate access to the courthouse.

Tennessee 3 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Tennessee 3 Day Notice To Vacate evicts a tenant for an “incurable” lease violation, i.e., one which the tenant is not allowed to restore through corrective action, such as engaging in a violent act on the premises. The tenant must move out within three (3) judicial days of receiving notice (i.e., not counting weekends and legal holidays). This form of notice applies to non-URLTA counties only.

Tennessee Immediate Notice To Vacate

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A Tennessee Immediate Notice To Vacate evicts a tenant for illegal activity on the premises, such as distributing controlled substances. The tenant is not allowed a chance to take corrective action, and must move out as soon as the notice is received (or the next judicial day, if received on a weekend or legal holiday). This form of notice applies in all Tennessee counties.

Tennessee 30 Day Notice To Quit

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A Tennessee 30 Day Notice To Quit evicts a tenant for an “incurable” lease violation, i.e., one which the tenant is not allowed to restore through corrective action, such as causing deliberate property damage. The tenant must move out within thirty (30) calendar days of receiving notice. This form of notice applies to non-URLTA counties only.

Tennessee 30 Day Notice To Vacate

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A Tennessee 30 Day Notice To Vacate terminates a rental agreement. The non-terminating party must receive notice at least thirty (30) days before the date of termination.

In non-URLTA counties, this form of notice may be used to terminate any type of tenancy, both periodic (e.g. month-to-month) and fixed-term.

In URLTA counties, this form of notice terminates a month-to-month or year-to-year lease, an expired lease, and a situation with no written lease where the tenant pays rent monthly.

How To Write an Eviction Notice in Tennessee      

To help ensure the legal compliance of an eviction notice:

  1. Use the tenant’s full name and address
  2. Specify the lease violation as well as any balance due
  3. Specify the date of termination
  4. Print name and sign the notice, including the landlord’s address of record
  5. Note 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 Calculate Expiration Date in Tennessee

The “clock” for an eviction notice period starts “ticking” the day after the notice gets delivered (served). For example, to give at least 30 days of notice and begin court action as of June 30th, delivery of the eviction notice must be no later than May 31st. 

In most jurisdictions, if the last day of a notice period is a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday, the notice period continues to run until the end of the next day that is not a Saturday, Sunday, or legal holiday. This is called the “next judicial day;” in other words, the next day a courthouse is open.

Tennessee has two exceptions to these rules for counting notice periods:

  • An Immediate Notice To Vacate, as the name implies, is effective as soon as it’s delivered
  • Notices of fewer than eleven (11) days have their notice periods calculated only using judicial days (no weekends or legal holidays)

How To Serve an Eviction Notice in Tennessee  

Tennessee landlords may deliver an eviction notice using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the other party
  2. Hand delivery to a person of suitable age who can accept the notice on behalf of the tenant, PLUS delivery by registered or certified mail
  3. Posting in a conspicuous place on the premises, PLUS delivery by registered or certified mail
  4. Delivery by electronic form (e.g., email or online tenant portal), only if the parties have agreed to this form of notice in writing

Mailed notice extends the notice period by three (3) calendar days, to account for variable delivery times.

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    URLTA and Non-URLTA Counties in Tennessee

    Tennessee rentals are governed by one of two sets of laws, depending on county:

    • 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: *

    • Anderson
    • Blount
    • Bradley
    • Davidson
    • Greene
    • Hamilton
    • Knox
    • Madison
    • Maury
    • Montgomery
    • Rutherford
    • Sevier
    • Shelby
    • Sullivan
    • Sumner
    • Washington
    • Williamson
    • Wilson

    * This list is subject to change, based on federal census data collected every ten years.

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