Tenants, Landlords, and Leases

UNDERSTANDING RENTAL AGREEMENTS: Lesson 5

Does the Landlord Have to Keep the Place in Good Shape? Do I?

  • In Tennessee, the law says the landlord has a duty to keep the place in “fit and habitable condition.”
    • That means it doesn’t have to be beautiful, but it can’t be unhealthy and dangerous.
  • The landlord must keep the common areas in good shape.
    • For instance, the safety and condition of parking lots and courtyards shared by all tenants are the landlord’s responsibility.
  • The landlord must do whatever is needed to make sure the place meets state and local health and safety codes.
  • The landlord and tenant can agree that the tenant will have certain duties keeping the place habitable and safe
    • If so, put them in writing!
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