YOUR RIGHTS AS A RENTER

The Legal Aid Society of Middle TN provides advice about your rights as a renter. You can also ask Homes For All Nashville to organize a training for your group or apartment complex.

  • What to do if you notice problems before you move in, such as small repairs or big ones.
  • How a written lease protects you by making all the agreements clear.
  • When is a landlord allowed to charge you late fees and how much can they charge?
  • What must you do while you're a tenant?
  • Your right to a place that is fit to live in.
  • Your right to live peacefully in the place you rent.
  • When the landlord is allowed to enter your apartment.
  • Your rights to fair housing: a landlord can't treat you differently because of race, color, country of origin, sex, religion, children or disabilities.
  • What should you do if something in the apartment is broken? 
  • When can a landlord have your car towed?
  • What can a landlord do to make you move out? What are they not allowed to do?
  • What should you do if you want to move out?
It gives you a lot of power when you have knowledge and are in the know.
— Kennetha Patterson, Homes For All Nashville Organizer

OTHER SUBJECTS

Legal Aid also provides advice to help you with:

  • Getting rid of bedbugs
  • How to testify in court
  • Low cost housing / Section 8
  • Renter's insurance
  • Security deposits