Tennessee Rental Application
The Tennessee Rental Application is a tool used for collecting information on renters to see if they have the rental, credit, and criminal history that points to them being a quality tenant. The form complies with both Tennesse landlord-tenant law and laws mandated by the Federal Fair Housing Act that require screening processes to be free of any and all discrimination.
The form is highly detailed and takes into consideration every possible (lawful) piece of information regarding the applicant. If an applicant is uncomfortable with completing a field required in the form, immediately rejecting their application is unwise until their reasoning is known. A common complaint by tenants is that they don’t feel comfortable disclosing their social security number. In cases such as this, the applicant should be explained that the requirement of an SSN is solely for background checks, and is a mandatory requirement. If they still are uncomfortable, rejection may be necessary. If they are uncomfortable disclosing their income, for instance, this commonly suggests that they do not make enough to reasonably afford the rental – a telling reason that they should be denied.
Maximum Application Fee: Tennessee law permits landlords to charge non-refundable rental applications of any amount.
Security Deposits (§ 66-28-301): No limit – landlords can require tenants to pay an amount of their choosing for the security deposit. Landlords should consider requiring larger deposits for tenants that pose an increased liability to the rental, have pets, or are renting a furnished unit.
Upon the tenant moving out, the landlord is required to return the security deposit, minus any charges, within thirty (30) days.