Tennessee Rental Application Form
Rental Application Fee
There is no limit to the amount of application fee a Tennessee landlord can charge. However, it should be reasonable, or they will have no applicants. Also, a landlord must charge all applicants a uniform fee.
This fee is non-refundable as it covers the background check on the applicant. A third party will look into their creditworthiness and other background information. The whole process costs money.
It is important for applicants to know that when they sign the rental application form, they are essentially consenting to the screening process.
No law in Tennessee sets a limit to how much a landlord can charge in security deposits. What is clear is that the landlord should deposit the amount in a separate account, and the tenant should be informed about its details, including the account number.
Both landlord and tenant will decide on a schedule for the walk-through at the end of the tenancy period. The goal is to determine whether there is damage to the apartment. If so, the cost of repairing will be deducted from the security deposit, and the balance should be returned to the tenant within 30 days (TN Code § 66-28-301 (2021)).