Sample Letter to Landlord: Retaliatory Conduct Prohibited

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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 if you believe he or she is acting in retaliation. See General Information about Retaliation for more details.

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


Dear Landlord:

Please be advised that your act of:

( ) Increasing my rent

( ) Decreasing services

( ) Bringing or threatening to bring an action for possession (notice to vacate or eviction) appears to be retaliatory since it occurred after:

( ) I complained to a governmental agency charged with the responsibility for enforcement of a building or housing code about a violation applicable to the premises materially affecting my health and safety;

( ) I complained to you of a violation of your maintenance obligations under KRS 383.595;

( ) I organized or became a member of a tenant's union or similar organization;

and is therefore prohibited by KRS 383.705.

Please be further advised that if this situation is not remedied within three (3) days from the receipt of this notice that I may initiate legal action and that KRS 383.705(2) provides that I may be entitled to recover an amount of not more than three (3) months periodic rent and a reasonable attorney's fee.


Reviewed August 2009