There is a growing trend in the U.S. of individuals preferring renting to owning. Business Insider states that both older and younger generations express disenchantment with homeownership.
If you are a landlord, this certainly signals a rise in demand for your services. However, not every tenant is pleasant to deal with. There are occasions when eviction seems like the correct path. Tennessee law provides certain protections for renters, and to avoid violating them, it is imperative to know exactly when serving them with an eviction notice is legal.
1. The residents violated the terms of their lease
This depends on where your property is. If it resides in a county with a minimum population of 75,000 people, then you have the right to issue a 14-day Notice to Cure or Quit. If this does not apply, then the Notice to Quit must be at least a 30-day one. You may also start the eviction process if your tenants do not pay rent during this time.
2. The residents participated in unlawful activities
Illegal actions are grounds for eviction. In general, you may send a 3-day Notice to Quit, but you may also begin proceedings upon discovery of the criminal acts in certain situations.
3. The residents failed to pay their rent
The state gives boarders a five-day grace period to make their payments. If this passes without you receiving remuneration, you may then give your tenants a 14-day Notice to Pay or Quit. If the 14 days pass without payment, you may start the eviction.
Violent and threatening behavior and excessive property damage not caused by regular living are also actions you may base eviction on. Following the correct procedure may ensure your tenants are unable to retaliate against you in a court of law.