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.


AB 3088 Declaration of COVID-19 Impacts - Eviction Notice COVID-19 Rent Debt  (read more here)


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 


Rent Rollback for Ab1482 January 1, 2020 (read more here




Evction Notice/Termiation Invalid- No Just Cause Reason Given 

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 

Eviction Due to Substantial Repairs

Retaliatory Eviction for COVID-19 Rent Debt



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



AB1482 Illegal Rent Increases 

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 

Relocation Payment for AB1482 No Fault Eviction 



Public Letter to Bank to Fight Eviction


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