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    Default How to Evict Tenant Who Has Sister Living with Her

    My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: TN
    My tenant, who has not paid rent for 3 months has her sister living with her, who is not on the lease.

    bother renters are employed, covid unrelated even though there is a rent moratorium on covid related evictions.

    When I evict the tenant, I understand I need to include her sister in the eviction since she's also living there, right?

    When the judge grants a judgement for delinquent rent, will that judgement only go against the tenant or will the sister be included?

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    Default Re: How to Evict Tenant Who Has Sister Living with Her

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    When I evict the tenant, I understand I need to include her sister in the eviction since she's also living there, right?
    Right.

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    When the judge grants a judgement for delinquent rent, will that judgement only go against the tenant or will the sister be included?
    The TN eviction (unlawful detainer) code allows for a monetary award as part of the eviction action:

    2019 Tennessee Code
    Title 29 - Remedies and Special Proceedings
    Chapter 18 - Forcible Entry and Detainer
    § 29-18-125. Monetary judgments for plaintiff.

    In all cases of forcible entry and detainer, forcible detainer, and unlawful detainer, the judge of the court of general sessions trying the cause shall be authorized and it shall be the judge's duty to ascertain the arrearage of rent, interest, and damages, if any, and render judgment therefor if the judge's judgment shall be that the plaintiff recover possession.
    Here's the full eviction code:

    https://law.justia.com/codes/tenness...29/chapter-18/

    I found a sample complaint from Nashville:

    https://circuitclerk.nashville.gov/s...detainer1A.pdf

    Seems to me if you are naming both for the eviction you are also naming both for the rents. When the judgment is issued in both names, you go after both for the money.

    Check your local court for the forms and instructions.

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