Are you a landlord or mobile home park owner in Tennessee? These downloadable Residential Lease Forms make it easy to show and lease rental units to tenants. Save time and money - these standardized forms mean you don't have to have a lawyer prepare all your lease documents.

Q. How much can a landlord charge for a security deposit?
A. Tennessee law does not set a statutory limit on the amount of the security deposit, as long as the amount is reasonable. It is difficult to say what a court might consider reasonable, but in general a deposit equal to the total of 1 or 2 month's rent would be considered within reasonable levels. Security deposits must be kept in a separate bank account that is used only for tenant deposits.

Q. What can I use the security deposit for?
A. If the tenant moves out with rent or other charges still unpaid, you can use the deposit to pay those amounts. But if there is damage to the rental unit caused by the tenant, you cannot use the deposit to pay for repairs until you comply with the provisions of Tennessee Code Annotated § 66-28-301.

Q. What does that mean?
The landlord must inspect the premises within 10 days of the date the tenant moved out to look for damage. If there is damage, the landlord must deliver a list of all items and the estimated costs of repairs to the tenant. The tenant has the right to inspect the premises to verify the report. If both parties agree, or if the tenant fails to respond after receiving the report, the landlord can use the deposit to pay for repairs. But if the tenant disputes the report, he or she has the right to bring legal action to recover any funds retained by the landlord.
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Tennessee Agreement for Tenant Alterations to Rental Unit

Tennessee tenants, get your landlord's consent to do alterations to your rental unit with this Agreement for Tenant Alterations.

  • The tenant must use only the materials and procedures set out in the agreement.
  • The tenant confirms that s/he is not acting as an employee of the landlord.
  • The tenant waives all claims against the landlord for injury, loss or damage suffered as a result of the work.
  • The agreement contains alternate provisions as to ownershi.....

Tennessee Agreement to Terminate Lease Early

Terminate a tenant's lease before it expires by mutual consent with this downloadable Tennessee Agreement for Early Termination of Lease form.

  • This form is not for evictions. It can only be used when both the landlord and tenant agree to terminate the lease early.
  • This Agreement is for residential tenants only. A different form is required for commercial rental properties.
  • The tenant must still give t.....

Tennessee Assignment of Lease by Landlord

Transfer an existing lease to a new owner of the property with this Tennessee Assignment of Lease by Landlord form.

  • The Assignment is between the seller (current landlord), the purchaser of the property (new landlord), and the tenant, and is part of the documentation required to complete the sale of the rental premises.
  • The tenant covenants to pay rent to the new landlord and continue to perform the tenant's obligations under the lease.
  • The purchaser and sel.....

Tennessee Lease Co-Signer Agreement

This Tennessee Lease Co-Signer Agreement is for any landlord who is signing a lease with a tenant who is a minor (such as a student).

  • A parent or guardian of the tenant must sign the Agreement.
  • The co-signer agrees to allow the landlord to run a credit check.
  • The co-signer guarantees payment of the rent, and that the tenant will comply with the rental agreement.
  • Once signed, the form should be attached as a schedule to the lease or rental agreement.....

Tennessee Permission Agreement to Sublet or Assign Lease

Get your landlord's consent to assign your lease or sublet your rental unit for the rest of the lease term with this Tennessee Permission Agreement to Sublet or Assign Lease.

  • The new tenant must meet the landlord's requirements, and the landlord must give its written approval of the new tenant.
  • The form contains clauses for either an assignment of the lease or a sublease of the premises.
  • The landlord has the option to hold the existing tenant responsibl.....

Tennessee Rental Agreement for Residential Premises

Tennessee landlords, rent a house or apartment to a tenant with this Rental Agreement for Residential Premises, for a monthly or weekly tenancy.
  • The Agreement establishes what is called a "periodic tenancy" because it runs from rental period to rental period (month to month or week to week).
  • The tenant must pay late fees if the rent is not paid on time, and a charge for any returned checks.
  • The tenant is responsible for yard maintenance.
  • Procedu.....

Tennessee Residential Fixed Term Lease

Lease a house or apartment in Tennessee to a tenant with this Fixed Term Residential Lease Agreement.

The lease runs for a fixed term, such as 1 year. The Lease Agreement contains standard conditions covering residential rentals such as:
  • when and how the rent payments are to be made;
  • security deposit and late charges;
  • responsibilities of each of the parties for maintenance and repairs;
  • abandonment of the property by the tenant;

Tennessee Residential Lease Extension

Extend the term of a tenant's lease with this Tennessee Residential Lease Extension Agreement.

  • The landlord and tenant must both agree to extend the lease term for an additional period.
  • The lease cost now becomes a monthly rental payment for the duration of the extended term.
  • All other provisions of the original lease which are not amended in the Extension Agreement remain the same.
  • This Agreement is only for residential tenancies. For business ten.....

Tennessee Residential Sublease Agreement

Tennessee tenants, sublease the property you are renting with this Sublease Agreement for residential rental units.

  • The sublease requires the consent of the landlord.
  • The subtenant must pay the rent, the utilities and a damage deposit.
  • The subtenant must keep the premises in clean and good condition.
  • The subtenant cannot assign the sublease without the consent of both the landlord and the original tenant.
  • The sublease includes a Premi.....