Maintenance by Landlord premises or permit any person to do so The landlord shall: 5. Not disturb the neighbor’s peaceful 1. Comply with applicable building enjoyment of the premises and housing codes materially affecting health and safety Enforcement and Remedies 2. Make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the The Tennessee Division of Consumer Affairs premises in a fit and habitable offers free mediation services for complaints condition regarding the Landlord and Tenant Act. 3. Keep all common areas clean and However, you may need to contact an safe attorney regarding your rights and possible legal action. In multi-unit complexes of 4 or more units, the landlord must provide and maintain appropriate receptacles and conveniences for the removal of ashes, garbage, rubbish and other waste from common points of collection. DIVISION OF CONSUMER AFFAIRS 500 James Robertson Parkway Tenant Obligations Nashville, TN 37243-0600 Tenants shall: 1. Comply with all obligations (615) 741-4737 (Consumer Hotline) primarily imposed by applicable provisions and housing codes materially affecting health and (800) 342-8385 (inside TN only) Landlord (615) 532-4994 (Fax) safety 2. Keep their space as clean and safe Email: Consumer.Affairs@state.tn.us and as it was when the tenant took possession Web Address: Tenant Act www.tn.gov/consumer 3. Dispose from dwelling all ashes, rubbish, garbage and other waste to the designated collection areas Consumer Information and into receptacles Tennessee Department of Commerce and 4. Not deliberately destroy, deface, Insurance. Authorization No. 335378, 5,000 copies promulgated at a cost of $.08 per copy. damage or impair any part of the Tennessee Landlord and Tenant Act - Title 66, Chapter 28 The Tennessee Uniform Rental Agreements landlord and tenant must both sign Residential Landlord and the listing or the tenant shall It is important for consumers to keep a copy of specifically state in writing any items Tenant Act was enacted in their signed rental agreement. This document is that the tenant does not agree with. 1975 to establish the rights a binding contract and should include informa- A tenant who disputes the accuracy and obligations of tion regarding the duration of the lease, the of the listing may bring an action in amount and date rent is due, as well as any the appropriate court for the county landlords and tenants other pertinent information. If the landlord that the property is located in. involved in the rental of does not sign a written rental agreement, Security deposits may be applied to dwelling units. The acceptance of rent without reservation by the any unpaid rent after 30 days. purpose of this pamphlet is landlord binds the parties on a month to month The landlord is required to notify the to address some of the tenancy. tenant in writing of any refund due most commonly asked and may retain unclaimed refunds questions by consumers. after 60 days of notification. Security Deposits All landlords of residential-property requiring security deposits prior to occupancy are Access by Landlord Applicability required to deposit all tenants’ security deposits The tenant shall not unreasonably The Landlord and Tenant Act only in an account used only for that purpose. withhold consent to the landlord to applies to rental agreements entered Prospective tenants shall be informed of the enter the dwelling in order to inspect into or extended or renewed after July location of the separate account. Within 3 the premises, make necessary or 1, 1975. The Act only applies to business days of termination of occupancy but agreed repair, supply services or counties having a population of more prior to any repairs or cleanup of the premises, exhibit the dwelling to prospective than 68,000 according to the most the landlord shall inspect the premises and tenants. The landlord shall not abuse recent census with the exception of the right of access or use it to harass certain counties excluded by law based compile a comprehensive listing of any damage the tenant. The landlord may enter on the results of the 1990 census. For to the unit which is the basis for any charge the dwelling without consent in the a complete list of applicability by against the security deposit and the estimated event of an emergency defined as a county, please visit our website at dollar cost of repairing such damage. The ten- sudden, generally unexpected occur- www.tn.gov/consumer . ant has the right to inspect the property to rence or set of circumstances ascertain the accuracy of the report. The demanding immediate action.
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