Sample Letter to Landlord: Landlord's Maintenance Obligations

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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 requesting property maintenance. Read more about the landlord's maintenance obligations.

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


Dear Landlord:

Please be advised that you have not complied with KRS 383.595 and/or our rental agreement which requires you to:

(     )      Comply with the requirements of applicable building and housing codes materially affecting health and safety.

(     )      Make all repairs and do whatever is necessary to put and keep the premises in a fit and habitable condition.

(     )      Keep all common areas of the premises in a clean and safe condition.

(     )      Maintain in good and safe working order and condition all electrical, plumbing, sanitary, heating, ventilating, air conditioning and other facilities and appliances, including elevators, supplied or required to be supplied by you.

(     )      Supply running water and reasonable amounts of hot water at all times and reasonable heat between October 1 and May 1.

(     )      Our rental agreement also requires that you:

This is a material noncompliance materially affecting my health and safety.

I wish to remain as a tenant in my home and to cooperate with you in every possible way. I hope that we can reach an agreement on the repairs immediately.


Reviewed August 2009