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Renter Resource Center

All Knoxville renters are entitled to some rights and protections provided by State law.

• You cannot be forced out of your rental home without going through the formal eviction process.
• You cannot be evicted without notice.
• The landlord cannot change the locks or shut off your utilities to make you leave.
• Most of the time, a landlord needs to go to court before evicting you.
• If you did something dangerous or threatening, the landlord only needs to give you three (3) days to move out.
• If you did not pay rent or broke your lease agreement, you may be given a thirty (30) day notice to move out.

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If you qualify based on income or assistance status, the Legal Aid Society of East Tennessee may be able to help with issues of illegal housing quality, leasing, or eviction. 
Legal Aid Society of East Tennessee
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For more information on the steps to eviction, and what your rights are during the process, you can go to Four Required Steps for Eviction: Know Your Rights as a Tenant.

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If you are unsure of what assistance is available to you, please call 2-1-1 Tennessee's Community Services Help Line to discuss possible resources.
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Statewide Organizing for Community Empowerment (SOCM) has prepared an Eviction Defense Guide that may be helpful to you.