Having a written record is the best way to assert your rights and protect yourself against landlord retaliation. Tailor these letters to your situation. These letters have been developed by staff with years of experience in tenants' rights, but they DO NOT substitute for legal advice! See our directory for local resources.
- If you receive an eviction notice for not paying rent and you have a pending ERAP application OR
- If you do not receive an eviction notice, but you want to inform your landlord that you have a pending ERAP application
- If your rent was increased AND you are protected under AB1482, to request the rent be reduced
If your rent increases above 10% AND your county or California is in a state of emergency.
- Contact your local county office of emergency services to see if there is currently a state of emergency.
- Even a 10% rent increase may be invalid if you are protected under AB 1482, see template letter above
Housing Conditions and Repairs (Habitability)
Harassment, Retaliation, and Reasonable Accommodations
Improper Entry and Lock Out
- 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