What information will I need to hold a tenant responsible for their rent payment after they receive a 30 day notice?

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What information will I need to hold a tenant responsible for their rent payment after they receive a 30 day notice?

Do I need to file a claim before 30 day notice is up if I anticipate them trying to run off without paying?

Asked on June 19, 2015 under Real Estate Law, Tennessee

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

You file the legal claim for unpaid rent after the tenancy is terminated (i.e. after they've left or been evicted). You'll need a copy of the lease, to show what the rent was, and a rent ledger or log, showing what payments were received--and what ones were not. (If there was no lease, i.e. it was an oral lease, then you can show the rent by your testimony and with copies of rent checks, showing amounts paid; if you don't normally keep a rent ledger, create one, such as in Excel--judges like to see the rent mapped out that way.) Remember: if there was a security deposit, you can apply it against any unpaid rent (or against any damage to the rental unit).


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