Tennessee Landlord Notice to Enter

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A Tennessee notice to enter allows a landlord to obtain tenant consent to enter a rental unit for an appropriate purpose. Tennessee state law does not specify a particular time-frame for this type of notice. It is advisable for landlords to give the tenant a reasonable opportunity to provide consent based on the nature of the landlord’s need for access.

Laws§66-28

Notice can be used for

  • Exhibiting the unit to buyers, contractors, mortgage lenders, tenants, or workers;
  • Inspection;
  • Repairs, decorations, alterations, or improvements; and
  • Services.

Other Landlord Access

Abandonment or Surrender (§66-28-403(2)(d)(3), §66-28-405(1)) – A landlord can enter a rental unit without notice or consent if they have a valid reason to believe the tenant has abandoned or surrendered the property. A property is considered abandoned when the tenant has been absent from the unit and not paid rent for thirty (30) days.

Absence (§66-28-507(b)) – A landlord can enter a rental unit with reasonable cause and without notice or consent if the tenant has been absent from the unit for more than seven (7) days.

Court Order (§66-28-403(2)(d)(1)) – A landlord can enter a rental unit without notice or consent with a court order.

Death, Incapacitation, or Incarceration (§66-28-403(2)(d)(4)) – A landlord can enter a rental unit without notice or consent if the tenant becomes deceased, incapacitated, or incarcerated.

Emergency (§66-28-403(2)(b)) – A landlord can enter a rental unit without notice or consent in case of an emergency. Sudden, unexpected circumstances that need immediate attention are considered emergencies.

Noncompliance (§66-28-506(1)) – A landlord can enter a rental unit without notice or consent if the tenant has breached the lease agreement in a way that causes damage or unhealthy conditions to or in the rental unit. The landlord first must provide fourteen (14) days’ written notice for the tenant to fix the breach themselves before entering to conduct necessary cleaning or repairs.