Sample Letters

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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.

 

Most Commonly Used Sample Letters

California SB 91 Declaration of COVID-19-Related Financial Distress - Eviction Notice COVID-19 Rent Debt (read more here)

  • If you receive an eviction notice because you did not pay your rent in full due to impacts related to COVID-19 OR
  • If you did not receive an eviction notice, but you want to inform your landlord that you will not be able to pay the rent in full due to impacts related to COVID-19 

Verification of Tenancy For Tenants WITHOUT Written Lease Agreements

  • If you would like to apply for rental assistance funds, and need to provide documentation of where you live, but do not have any written agreement with the landlord or property management 

Rent Increase Not In Compliance with Ban On Price Gouging 

  • If your 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 
  • If your rent was increased AND you are protected under AB1842 to request the rent be reduced 

 

Evictions

Eviction Notice/Termination Invalid - Federal CDC COVID-19 Protections

Eviction Notice/Termination Invalid - California SB91 COVID-19 Protections

Eviction Notice/Termination Invalid - Retaliatory Eviction for COVID-19 Rent Debt

 

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

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

Eviction Notice/Termination Invalid -  By Phone or Verbal

 

Dispute a 3-day Eviction Notice 

Documenting Compliance with a 3-Day "Pay or Quit" or "Cure or Quit" Notice 

 

Eviction Due to Substantial Repairs

 

Improper Entry/ Lock Out

Lock Out

Illegal Entry by landlord

 

Harassment/ Retaliation 

Retaliation

Harassment

Threats Based on Immigration or Citizenship Status

 

Security Deposits

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

Contesting Security Deposit Deductions

Demand Return of Security Deposit

Create A Customized Letter Online to Demand Return of Security Deposit! (English only)

 

Rent/ Fees

Improper Notice of Rent Increase

AB1482 Illegal Rent Increases 

Rent Rollback for AB1482 January 1, 2020 (read more here

Right to Rent Receipt

Unfair Returned Check Fee 

Unfair Late Fee

 

Habitability

Repair Request

Leaving Before Lease is Up Due to Unhabitable Conditions

Right to Quiet Enjoyment

 

Foreclosure

Public Letter to Bank to Fight Eviction

 

Other

Requesting Reasonable Accommodations for a Disability 

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

Relocation Payment for AB1482 No Fault Eviction 

 

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