Sample Letters

These letters have been developed by staff with years of experience in tenants' rights. Having a written record is the best way to assert your rights and protect yourself against landlord retaliation. Tailor these letters to your personal case. These DO NOT substitute for legal advice! See our directory for local resources.


Rent Increase Not In Compliance with Ban On Price Gouging 

Use only rent increases above 10%.  Note, this letter is only effective  until December 4th,2018.  Read more about the ban on price gouging due to the 2017 wildfires here 

Requesting Reasonable Accommodations for a Disability 

Breaking a Lease Due to Domestic Violence, Elder Abuse, Sexual Assault, Stalking Or Dependent Adult Abuse 

Harassment / Retaliation 



Hostigo Basado en Estatus de Inmigracion o Ciudadania 

Threats Based on Immigration or Citizenship Status 

Improper entry/lockout:

Lock Out

Illegal Entry by landlord

Security Deposits:

Demand Return of Security Deposit

Notice of Intent to Vacate and Pre-Move-Out Inspection

Contesting Security Deposit Deductions

Right to Rent Receipt

Unfair Returned Check Fee 

Unfair Late Fee

Improper Notice of Rent Increase

Habitability of home:

Repair Request

Leaving Before Lease is Up Due to Uninhabitable Conditions

Right to Quiet Enjoyment



Public Letter to Bank to Fight Eviction


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