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A notice to repair is used by a tenant to request necessary property repairs from the landlord.

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Suppose you are a tenant with a broken plumbing system due to old pipes. Sure, you could flip the bill to replace those old pipes yourself, but it doesn’t seem like that should be your responsibility. Even though laws differ by state, that instinct is correct; conditions that materially affect the habitability of a leased building are the responsibility of the landlord.


Using a Notice to Repair will place the landlord on notice that a defect exists that needs to be corrected. The letter not only keeps you compliant with any possible legal requirements, but it also creates a paper trail for you. Having all the correct documentation may be necessary if you are forced to seek further legal action due to the landlord’s noncompliance.

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A notice to repair is a letter used by a tenant to request necessary repairs to defects within the property from their landlord.




Landlords are required to keep the premises they control in a habitable condition. To inform the landlord and get them to correct defects in the condition of the premises you are leasing, you should use the Notice to Repair.



To determine if the landlord is obligated to make the repair in questions, ask yourself the following three questions:


  1. Does the defect I need repaired materially affect the habitability of the premises?

In general, the landlord is only obligated to make repairs to defects that materially affects the habitability of the premises. The premises are considered habitable if they have adequate heating, water, electricity, cleanliness, and structural soundness. A landlord will be responsible for any condition that compromises any of those components.


  1. Did the Tenant cause the defect?

Even if the defect in question materially affects the habitability of the leased premises, if the Tenant was responsible for the condition, the landlord is not obligated to make repairs.


  1. What does my lease and jurisdiction say about such repairs?

The specific lease and laws of your jurisdiction may expand the landlord’s obligation to make repairs to the premises.



The notice to repair is fairly straightforward and includes the following:

  • Name and contact information of the tenant(s);

  • Name and contact information of the landlord;

  • Physical address and location of the rental property; and

  • Details regarding the repairs.




Typically, you should deliver this notice by mail or hand delivery. Refer to state/local landlord-tenant laws may permit alternate methods of delivery. 




You do not need to file the repair notice in court, but you should retain a copy of the notice for your records in the event you need to prove that notice to repair was issued to the landlord.



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No, the notice to repair only needs to be signed by the tenant.

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