Sample Letter to Landlord: Fire or Casualty Damage

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The following document ONLY applies to jurisdictions in Kentucky that have enacted the Uniform Residential Landlord Tenant Act. These jurisdictions are: Barbourville, Bellevue, Bromley, Covington, Dayton, Florence, Lexington-Fayette County, Georgetown, Louisville-Jefferson County, Ludlow, Melbourne, Newport, Oldham County, Pulaski County, Shelbyville, Silver Grove, Southgate, Taylor Mill and Woodlawn.

If you do NOT live in one of these jurisdictions, please do not rely on this document for legal advice.

Further, this information only applies to residential leases. It does not apply to: commercial units, properties under contract for sale, hotels or motels, or people who are employed by the landlord.

Here is a sample letter you can send to your landlord terminating your lease after fire or casualty damage. See General Information about Fire or Casualty Damage for more details.

**You can also download this letter in Microsoft Word format.**


Dear Landlord:

Please be advised that the dwelling unit or premises covered by our rental agreement has been damaged or destroyed by:

     (     )   Fire
     (     )   Casualty
     (     )   Injury by the elements, acts of God, or other cause to the extent that enjoyment of the dwelling unit is substantially impaired.

Therefore, under the provisions of KRS 383.650, I am terminating the rental agreement fourteen (14) days from receipt of this notice. I am also permitted, by law, to immediately vacate the premises.

Additionally, you are required to return all the unused portion of the rent I have already paid in the amount of $_____________. This amount is figured as of the ________ day of ________________________, 20_____, which was the date that I could no longer live in the dwelling.


Reviewed August 2009