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 when a county is in a state of emergency or affected by a county in state of emergency. Read more here 



 Eviction Notice /Termination Invalid - Not Served With Proper Notice Time 

Eviction Notice / Termination Invalid - Served by Text, Email or Other Electronic Message

Eviction/Termination Invalid -  By Phone / Verbal

Dispute a 3-day Eviction Notice 

Document That You Have Complied with a 3-Day "Pay or Quit" or "Cure or Quit" Notice 


Improper entry/lockout:

Lock Out

Illegal Entry by landlord


Harassment / Retaliation 



Hostigo Basado en Estatus de Inmigracion o Ciudadania 

Threats Based on Immigration or Citizenship Status 


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



Requesting Reasonable Accommodations for a Disability 

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



Public Letter to Bank to Fight Eviction


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