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 

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 
Right to Quiet Enjoyment

Public Letter to Bank to Fight Eviction


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