My landlord served me papers yesterday and I have court on April 22. He wants us out due to damages to the apartment which has been fixed, simple window and a bathroom door. I am current on rent because I paid one month ahead. He gave us 14 days to leave back in late March which we were current then as well. I told him I would be out mid May but June 1st the latest. He has came into our home without us there which I have neighbors who told me, but the days he told me I was given a ten to thirty minute notice. He has came for house inspection 4 times in a week and a half. In my lease, there is nothing mentioned about him or his wife coming over to any inspection in that short time period. There were no emergency situations present. He and his wife came in twice with my roommate there bare skin in the bed when she was sick. He even complained about us using candle warmers saying it could come get into the paint on the walls and floors and also said my niece and nephew couldn't use chalk on the pavement because the wind could blow the chalk dust inside our apartment as well. I feel like is nit picking constantly.
If this is a case involving residential rental property in Anderson County Tennessee, the Tennessee Uniform Residential Tenant Act applies to your case. The Tennessee Uniform Residential Tenant Act generally requires landlords to give at least 30 days of written notice prior to the termination of the lease pursuant to T.C.A. 66-28-505. His failure to give you at least 30 days of written notice prior to the termination of the lease pursuant to T.C.A. 66-28-505(a)(3) may serve as a defense to his detainer warrant. Of course, he could re-file his detainer warrant after given you the appropriate 30 days written notice, and he could seek damages in his new cause of action. If you live outside of Anderson County, however, the 14 days of written notice may be sufficient since the Tennessee Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act applies only in the States most populous counties, one of which is Anderson County.
With regard to finding an attorney willing to take your case pro bono, I would advise you to start with Legal Aid of Middle Tennessee and the Cumberlands as they do often provide assistance to indigent tenants in landlord/tenant cases such as your. They have an office on Jackson Square in Oak Ridge, and I have provided a link to their website below. Best of Luck!
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