Sample Letter to Landlord: Termination of Lease - Reduction of Services

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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 because he or she has turned off the utilities. See also: Reduction of Services Letter. See What To Do If Your Landlord Terminates or Reduces Your Utility Services for more information.

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


Dear Landlord:

Please be advised that you have willfully reduced service to me by interrupting or causing the interruption of:

     (     )   Heat
     (     )   Running Water
     (     )   Hot Water
     (     )   Electricity
     (     )   Gas
     (     )   Other Essential Service(s): ____________________________ ___________________________________________ ___________________________________________

Therefore, under the provisions set forth in KRS 383.655, I am terminating our rental agreement and asking that you return my prepaid rent in the amount of $ ___________.


Reviewed August 2009