Tennessee Rental Application


A Tennessee rental application gathers information on potential renters to determine their suitability as tenants based on their rental, credit, and criminal history. This form adheres to Tennessee landlord-tenant laws and complies with the Federal Fair Housing Act, which mandates that screening processes be free of discrimination. It typically includes sections for personal information, employment and income details, rental history, and references. These details help landlords make informed decisions when selecting tenants. Lessors often use the form with standard lease agreements and month-to-month lease agreements.

What is a Tennessee Rental Application?

A Tennessee Rental Application is a document used by landlords and property managers in Tennessee to collect data on potential tenants interested in renting a residential property. This application assesses the applicants to determine if they would be reliable and responsible tenants.

This comprehensive form covers all legally permissible information related to the applicant. If applicants hesitate to provide certain information, the tenant must understand their reasons before rejecting their application. For example, if an applicant is reluctant to disclose their social security number, the tenant should explain that the information is required exclusively for background checks and is mandatory. If they remain uncomfortable, rejection may be necessary. If an applicant hesitates to disclose their income, this could indicate that they may need help affording the rental, which may warrant denial.

State Laws

Maximum Application Fee:  Tennessee law allows landlords to charge non-refundable rental application fees of any amount.

Security Deposits (§ 66-28-301): There is no limit on the amount landlords can require tenants to pay as a security deposit. Landlords may request larger deposits for tenants with increased liability, such as those with pets, or rent a furnished unit.

Upon the tenant’s departure, the landlord must return the security deposit, minus any charges, within thirty (30) days.