Tax Reporting

Per federal guidelines for Emergency Rental Assistance funding, Rutherford County Rental Relief will mail a completed IRS Form 1099-MISC to all landlords and utility providers that received assistance from the program. The form will be issued by and sent from HORNE LLP, the third-party vendor helping us administer the program.

All forms will be postmarked no later than January 31, 2022. If you do not receive your form by Feb. 15, please call the Rutherford County Rental Relief call center at 615-334-4777.

Rutherford County Rental Relief payments to landlords and utility providers are considered taxable income. Tenants do not have to count assistance payments as taxable income. For more information, visit Internal Revenue Service: Emergency Rental Assistance Frequently Asked Questions.


Application Portal Is Closing Monday, December 6th 

Due to the total requests for assistance now exceeding all Rutherford County Rental Relief funds available, the program is closing its application portal to new applications and additional funding requests on Monday, December 6th, at 4:30 pm Central Time. Applicants that have not yet started an application in the system must do so prior to the deadline of Monday, December 6th, at 4:30 pm Central Time.

Applicants who have started an application prior to the deadline will have 21 days to complete it. The program will attempt to contact the applicant 3 times over the course of the 21 days, but if the applicant does not submit during this time period their application will be deemed inactive. Submitted applications currently being reviewed will continue to be processed until all program funds run out.

We expect to reopen the portal as soon as funding is made available by the U.S. Treasury.

Alternative Assistance Options

For alternative assistance options, see information listed here on organizations that are helping residents of Rutherford County with additional housing stability services including emergency rent and utility assistance.

The Rutherford County COVID-19 Rent Relief Program will be used to support renters who are or have been struggling to pay rent, utilities or other home energy costs due to loss of wages/income as a result of the pandemic. Funding will be available for payment of delinquent (past due) expenses. Future rent payments may also be eligible for qualifying households.

Please check your Spam/Junk Mail for emails from Neighborly Portal, your application may be pending additional information. Below is a link to a help guide to assist you in submitting requested documentation.

Help Desk/Call Center: 615-334-4777
8:00AM - 4:30PM
9:00AM to 12:00PM

Legal Disclaimers:

  • Falsification of documents or any material falsehoods or omissions in an Application to this program, including knowingly seeking duplicative benefits, is subject to state and federal criminal penalties.

  • This program has specific eligibility requirements and not all households may be eligible

  • The information on this website is subject to change as new guidelines become available from the US Treasury. This document is up to date with Treasury Guidelines as of 2/22/2021.

  • Funds may not still be available by the time a household applies

All Rutherford County employees and contractor employees have a responsibility to report waste, fraud and abuse in connection with COVID-19 Rent Relief Program. The public is also invited to share such concerns. Rutherford County reserves the right to decline funding or participation if it is determined that fraud has occurred. If you suspect fraud, waste or abuse Report Fraud To:

Report Fraud to: