This is a sample letter to tell your landlord you need repairs. When you write your own letter, include:

  • names, dates, your address and signature
  • a description of the problems
  • background information if you already talked to the super or asked for repairs
  • a request for advance notice if they will come to your apartment, so you can plan 

Use a polite tone and keep a copy for your records.


Sample Letter:

[Today's date] 

Dear [Landlord]:

I am writing to request immediate repairs to my apartment. I have told [the super] about these issues, but they have not been repaired.

The repairs are:   

[Bathroom: mold on the wall by the toilet and the vinyl floor by the toilet is coming up.]

[Kitchen: leaking from the pipes below the sink]

[Large Bedroom: peeling paint and plaster around the window sills, poor insulation around the windows through which cold air comes into the room, broken radiator that does not heat up.]
I need advance notice of the date and time for the repairs. Please contact me to set it up.                                                                                                                                                                                     


[Your name (Apt #)]

[Your phone number] (optional)

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Last Reviewed: December 12, 2023