Tennessee Immediate Notice To Vacate

Last Updated: January 30, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

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Tennessee Immediate Notice To Vacate is a letter which complies with state legal requirement to begin eviction against a tenant for engaging in or promoting prostitution, or manufacturing or selling illegal drugs. The tenant is not given an opportunity to take corrective action, and must move out immediately upon receiving notice.

When To Use a Tennessee Immediate Notice To Vacate

A Tennessee Immediate Notice To Vacate begins eviction against a tenant in all locations, both URLTA and Non-URLTA, for the following tenant violations:

  • Engagement in or promotion of prostitution
  • Manufacture, distribution, or sale of illegal drugs

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 Immediate Notice To Vacate

To help ensure the legal compliance of a Notice To Vacate:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving party, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  3. Specify the basis for terminating the tenancy
  4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  6. Print name and sign the notice
  7. 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 Immediate Notice To Vacate

Tennessee landlords may deliver a Notice To Vacate on a day when the courthouse is open to file for eviction immediately, but this is not a legal requirement. A landlord may deliver this notice using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the other party
  2. 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
  3. 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.

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In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.

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:*:

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

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

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