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    Default Can Someone Create a Lease After the Fact, when No Lease Move in Date

    My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: Tennessee
    Is it legal to Make a Lease when tenant moves out when there was NO lease to begin with.
    My friend rented a guest house from my father.
    My father, to be referred to as the Owner, never made a lease in the beginning as it was just a good will move.
    It was a verbal agreement "hey I have a guest house, you need a roof" agreement.
    My friend did pay $800 a month. She has not paid October b/c she is moving to a cheaper place.
    The Owner now wants her to sign a Lease he drew up and said he will sue her for 18% interest a month until she pays October.
    Is this crazy? Unfortunately I think it is selfish as the Owner has fallen on hard times b/c he killed a 10 year old girl in a traffic accident in July and now seems to think he can make a Lease 'after the fact'
    Truly and Sincerely,
    a concerned family

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    Default Re: Can Someone Create a Lease After the Fact, when No Lease Move in Date

    Of course the owner can ask a tenant to sign a lease.

    If the tenant does not want to sign the lease, the owner can give proper notice terminating the month-to-month tenancy, or the tenant can give proper notice and move.

    If your friend isn't paying her rent, obviously she can be evicted. The court won't order 18% monthly interest.

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