If it’s been difficult trying to get your landlord to make repairs, or you just want to make a formal request, this letter will serve that purpose. This letter is designed for serious issues in need of repair at the rental property, but may also be used for any repair request. One important item to note is that a tenant can give notice of a “necessary” repair and a landlord is required to make those repairs within “reasonable” time. “Reasonable time is usually 30 days, per California Civil Code Section 1942. However, if the condition is serious enough, “reasonable” time may be much shorter. For example, if there is no hot water, “reasonable” time may be just two to three days. What if the hot water heater broke down on Saturday night? There may not be a plumber available to repair the water heater. This letter is designed to notify a landlord who has past “reasonable” time, and clearly fails to get repairs done when they should.
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1234 Somewhere St.
Los Angeles, CA 90000
789 Nowhere St.
Los Angeles, CA 90000
Dear Ms. Landlord:
This letter constitutes formal notice that I hereby terminate my tenancy at the property located at _____________________________________________________________________ (property address), on ___________________ (date of move-out - must be 30 days or more), according to the requirements of my lease and/or applicable law (Civil Code §1946). At this time, per Civil Code §1950.5(f)(1), I request an initial inspection of the property be conducted on___________________, (date this is two weeks prior to above date). I also request that all repairs that fall outside of normal wear and tear, if any, be itemized and presented with an opportunity to rectify such to avoid deductions from my security deposit and/or charges for repairs.
Please give me a call at ______________________ (phone number) to coordinate a time to schedule the initial inspection, or for any other questions you may have.
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