Fair Housing: Tennessee

This page is intended for informational purposes only and does not constitute, and should not be construed as, legal advice. This page is not intended to provide a mandatory standard of care for the industry.  

On these pages, you will find information about the protected classes in each state’s fair housing law as well as the cities and counties in the state’s three largest city or metropolitan areas that enforce additional fair housing protections. We highlight source of income protections, where applicable, that could substantially impact industry operations. Please see the footnotes. NAA also has resources on the federal fair housing protections that apply nationwide.

We are currently in the process of optimizing NAA’s Fair Housing Protected Class Resources. If you do not see a jurisdiction of interest, please reach out to the NAA Government Affairs Team at [email protected].

Information on this page is current as of March 2022.

Tennessee Protected Classes

(State of Tennessee Code Annotated §§ 4-21-601 through 4-21-603)

  • Race
  • Color
  • National Origin
  • Religion
  • Sex
  • Familial Status
  • Disability
  • Creed

Knoxville Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Knoxville Protected Classes

(City of Knoxville Municipal Code § 15-84[d])

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.

Memphis Metro Area

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

City of Memphis Protected Classes

(City of Memphis Municipal Code §10-36-5)​

In addition to enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes, this jurisdiction also includes the following protected classes:

  • Age
  • Source of Income1

1Source of Income means a regular, verifiable income, or its equivalent, from which an individual can pay rental, mortgage or other payments associated with the provision of housing. The term shall specifically include Section 8 vouchers or certificates issued by the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development or other similar contractual commitments whereby a third party commits to making all or a portion of rental, mortgage, or other housing-related payments.

Nashville Metro Area

Nashville’s government is consolidated with Davidson County.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal, state, and county protected classes.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.

This jurisdiction emphasizes enforcement of federal and state protected classes.