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.

Retaliation

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 

Rent/Fees:
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

Foreclosure:
Public Letter to Bank to Fight Eviction


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