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Does the Owner Have a “Landlord’s Lien” on the Tenant’s Property?

The Tennessee Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act creates a lien on the tenant’s household goods, but only in very limited circumstances. The only lien that is permitted is a “contracted lien”, that is, a lien that is agreed upon in a contract. This contract would usually be the rental agreement, but it could be a separate agreement. Importantly, this lien is not enforceable unless it is “perfected” by the filing of a financing statement with the Secretary of State in Nashville. Most landlords do not go to the trouble of creating and enforcing such a lien. The Act expressly prohibits all other liens, including any common law landlord’s lien.

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