Evicting a tenant is one of those parts of managing a property that no one enjoys. As a Volunteer, you should know the ground rules in your State. VerticalRent has done the research and compiled the guidelines for you. Knowing the rules specific to the state of Tennessee can go a long way toward making the eviction process more bearable for you and the tenant. In this quick guide, we will outline the grounds in which you may evict a tenant. Several reasons can lead to an eviction, but the most common is non-payment of rent and breach of lease agreement. Let’s take a look.
On what grounds may you evict a tenant?
Tennessee law provides several provisions in which a tenant may be evicted, including the following:
- Non-payment of rent
- Breach of lease
- Expiration of lease term
- Abandonment of the property
- Illegal activities
- Safety Issues
How do I start the process?
Written notice must be provided to the tenant advising that eviction will occur in 30 days unless the tenant complies with the terms of the lease within 14 days. To be a valid notification, the tenant must receive notice in one of the three ways:
- certified mail
- posting on the rental property
- hand delivery to the tenant (service)
What happens next?
Once written notice has been provided, the you may then file suit in the county where the property is situated with the general sessions court. You may then choose your desired court date, although it is likely to be a few weeks or months into the future. The tenant must be provided with a written copy of the filing.
Once the hearing takes place, if you are successful, the tenant has 10 days in which to appeal the decision. If this happens, you will be required to file an appeal bond in order to continue with the matter.
Once the appeal period has passed, you must file a Writ of Possession, which legally returns the property back to you. You will then typically be able to physically evict the tenant and their belongings within two to three days, with sheriff assistance, if necessary.
The eviction process can be a long road, but knowing the steps that you need to take can ensure the process goes as smoothly as possible.