A lease termination or Notice to Vacate in Tennessee is a written document that indicates the intention of a landlord to terminate a rental agreement. Tennessee state law does not require the written notice to be provided at the end of fixed-term leases on their end dates, but must be provided at any time prior. The information below provides more details on the matter.

Proper Notice

Tennessee notice requirements will depend on the kind of lease and the time at which the lease agreement termination letter is being delivered.

If it is a fixed-term lease, then there is no notice requirement at all. Once the end date is reached, then it will terminate on its own. Nevertheless, sending a notice to inform the tenant that it will not be renewed is recommended, so there is clarity.

Weekly leases will require that Tennessee tenants are given at least 10 calendar days of notice before the termination date comes around.

For month-to-month lease agreements, you'll want to provide at least 30 days' notice before the first day of the next rental period.

State Laws

Tennessee landlords can terminate a lease early if there are term violations on the part of the tenant. For example, if there is criminal activity, a pet is housed in a pet-free unit, exceeding the number of allowed people, etc, these are all grounds for termination.

However, the landlord must first serve a 14-day Notice to Comply. For example, if a tenant doesn't pay rent on the stipulated date, Tennessee state law allows for five days extra before it's considered late. At that point, a Notice to Pay would be served, which gives the tenant 14 days to pay the overdue rent or face eviction.

How to Write One

Writing a termination letter requires the right information to be present to avoid any confusion and to ensure compliance with the law. For example, remember that you cannot terminate a tenant who paid rent four days late.

  • Names of all parties in the lease must be present
  • The reason for the termination must be present
  • Include the start and end dates of the lease
  • Speak to where the security deposit will go once the termination becomes effective
  • Ensure that the document is signed before it goes to the tenant

Build Your Own

The process of creating the right termination letter for your existing rental agreement can be a difficult one sometimes, but it doesn't always need to be that way. With DoorLoop, you now have the options below to help you craft the perfect one:


If you are terminating your lease and need the tenant to sign, or you want to sign a new lease with a new tenant, you want to make the process as easy and efficient as possible.

With DoorLoop, you can get your agreements eSigned in a few seconds. You can also get to the eSignature step much faster by creating reusable templates that are autofilled with tenants' information.

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Wrapping Up

There are a series of reasons why Tennessee landlords may need to terminate a rental agreement. The requirement to pay rent on time is one of many contractual stipulations. Tenants must uphold all of them such as keeping smoke-free zones as such, not fostering criminal activity, etc.

Once the notice requirements are met, the landlord may proceed to have the lease termination document prepared using the DoorLoop options above.


What Happens if the Notice Period Given Is Insufficient?

If the notice period does not meet legal requirements, then it will not be enforceable. Ensure that you review the applicable period to your lease agreement.

What if a Premises Is in a County Governed By the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act?

If this is the case, then the landlord must default to the said act to determine how these matters are handled.

What Does the Eviction Process Look Like in Tennessee?

Depending on the violation, a compliance notice will usually be sent to the tenant, after which the eviction notice will be provided if the compliance action was not taken.

Can I customize my own form or agreement?

Yes, you always can, however if you want to be 100% sure you are protected, you should consult an attorney in your local area.

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David is the co-founder & CMO of DoorLoop, a best-selling author, legal CLE speaker, and real estate investor. When he's not hanging with his three children, he's writing articles here!