Tennessee Lease Termination Notices


Purpose. A Tennessee lease termination letter (“Notice to Vacate”) is a required document to end month-to-month lease agreements in Tennessee. State law requires giving at least 30 days notice for termination. However, state law does not require notice to be given to end fixed term lease agreements on their end date.

Read further to learn more about notice requirements and the residential lease termination process in Tennessee.

Tennessee Notice Requirements for Lease Termination by Tenant

With a fixed-term lease, the tenant can expect the lease to simply expire on the last day of the agreement, which means that the tenant will not need to send advance notice to vacate the property. If they are leaving before the term ends, they will need to give notice.
When a tenant has a month to month tenancy, they will need to give the landlord a notice that is at least 30 days before vacating the property.
With a week-to-week rental agreement, the tenant will need to give the landlord a notice of at least 10 days before moving out of the unit that they are renting.

Legally Terminating a Lease Early in Tennessee

A tenant who has been called to active duty in a branch of the armed services. It will need to be a uniformed branch, but it will be terms for breaking the lease.
The tenant can break the lease without penalty when the rental unit is not up to the standard that is set by the Tennessee state Health and Safety codes. This can include serious issues like a lack of heat when it is cold outside.
If the landlord has harassed or violated the rights of the tenant in any way, they have the right to break the lease. This can include removing doors, entering the unit without notice, turning off the utilities, or changing the locks.