Good afternoon Amanda,
I'm Doug, and I'm sorry to hear of the confusion. My goal is to provide you with excellent service today.
Under TN law, if a tenant fails to vacate a rental unit at the end of the lease and stays an additional period of time---less than one month, then they are deemed a holdover and the landlord may do one of a couple of things.
If the tenant has a security deposit, the landlord may legally deduct from that deposit the pro-rate rent for the extra days spent in the rental by the resident.
Alternatively, the landlord may deem the holdover as an initiation of a month to month tenancy and may demand that the tenant pay an entire month's rent and give advanced written notice if they want to terminate the new month to month tenancy. What this means in effect is that a tenant overstaying a lease can be deemed to have converted to a month to month tenant and the landlord may legally demand rent for the entire month. If the rent is unpaid, the landlord may take the rent out of the security deposit.
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