Landlord-Tenant Attorneys - Tressler & Associates, PLLC
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Landlord-Tenant Attorneys

Many throughout Lebanon, Nashville, and the surrounding areas rely on renting property to have a place to live. Likewise, many property owners depend on renting out their property for their income. Of course, anyone who has ever been a tenant or landlord can tell you that there can be many challenges that come with renting property. Fortunately, some of these difficulties can be avoided from the very beginning of a landlord/tenant relationship. With the assistance of a landlord-tenant attorney, you can help ensure that you and the other party are doing all that you can to prevent potential risks. At Tressler & Associates, we work with landlords and tenants to prevent problems from occurring in the future. Both parties deserve to know their rights and have protections in place, and our Nashville landlord-tenant attorneys will provide the necessary legal guidance.


Some might see being a landlord as a way of making a passive income, but it’s a difficult job that often requires a lot of work. Landlords don’t want to risk damage to the property they’ve invested in or lose out on the payments they deserve. To ensure you’re doing everything you can as a landlord to protect yourself and your property, you need to work with a landlord-tenant attorney.

Landlord Responsibilities

Landlords have many responsibilities when renting their property to tenants. Of course, the health and safety of tenants are a priority. For example, under TN Code § 66-28-304, landlords have the following responsibilities regarding maintenance and ensuring a safe environment.

  1. Comply with requirements of applicable building and housing codes materially affecting health and safety;
  2. Make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the premises in a fit and habitable condition;
  3. Keep all common areas of the premises in a clean and safe condition; and
  4. In multi-unit complexes of four (4) or more units, provide and maintain appropriate receptacles and conveniences for the removal of ashes, garbage, rubbish, and other waste from common points of collection subject to § 66-28-401(3).


Tenants rely on their rental properties for safe and habitable places to live. Of course, tenants also put their finances into renting a property and deserve to be treated fairly by their landlords. In addition to the right to have a safe and habitable environment, tenants also have the right to be free of discrimination and retaliation. A landlord-tenant attorney can help explain your rights to ensure your landlord is respecting them.

Tenant Responsibilities

Tenants also have various responsibilities to their landlord. Some responsibilities may vary depending on the exact details of the rental or lease agreement, such as when rent is due, how much it is, and how it should be paid. Under TN Code § 66-28-401, these are some of the obligations tenants have toward their landlords.

  1. Comply with all obligations primarily imposed upon tenants by applicable provisions of building and housing codes materially affecting health and safety;
  2. Keep that part of the premises that the tenant occupies and uses as clean and safe as the condition of the premises when the tenant took possession;
  3. Dispose from the tenant’s dwelling unit all ashes, rubbish, garbage, and other waste to the designated collection areas and into receptacles;
  4. Not deliberately or negligently destroy, deface, damage, impair or remove any part of the premises or permit any person to do so; and shall not engage in any illegal conduct on the premises; and
  5. Act and require other persons on the premises, with the tenants’ or other occupants’ consent, to act in a manner that will not disturb the neighbors’ peaceful enjoyment of the premises.

Contact Our Tennessee Landlord-Tenant Attorneys for Help

Landlords and tenants both have responsibilities and rights in Lebanon and Nashville, TN, that need to be upheld. However, understanding the laws associated with your rights and responsibilities can be challenging. At Tressler & Associates, we want to see that both parties are protected and have an agreement that works for them. Our real estate attorneys are well versed in landlord-tenant laws for residents in Middle Tennessee and can help you prevent issues from arising while renting property.

Contact the experienced landlord-tenant attorneys at Tressler & Associates to keep yourself protected and secure.


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