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“Drafting an Effective Notice to Repair: A Guide for Landlords and Tenants”

Service Description


A Notice to Repair is a formal document sent typically by a tenant to a landlord, or vice versa, demanding repairs to a rental property. This notice serves as an official request for maintenance or fixes of issues that impact the tenant’s use of the property or are the landlord’s responsibility according to the rental agreement or local housing laws.


The need for a Notice to Repair arises when there are significant repair issues within a rental property that need to be addressed. These issues may include structural problems, plumbing or electrical faults, or any condition that compromises the safety or habitability of the property.

How to Draft

To draft a comprehensive Notice to Repair:

  1. Identification of Parties: Include the names and contact details of the landlord and the tenant.
  2. Property Details: Clearly describe the rental property, including the address and specific location of the issue within the property.
  3. Description of Repair Issues: Detail the problems requiring repair, including how they affect the property’s habitability or the tenant’s use.
  4. Reference to Lease Agreement: Cite relevant clauses from the lease agreement that pertain to maintenance and repairs.
  5. Request for Action: Specify what repairs are needed and the desired timeline for these to be completed.
  6. Documentation: Encourage inclusion of photographs or other evidence of the repair issues.
  7. Legal References: Mention applicable housing laws or health and safety standards, if necessary.
  8. Signature and Date: The party issuing the notice should sign and date the document.


Keep a copy of the Notice to Repair for personal records. If the issue escalates to legal action, this notice will serve as evidence that the landlord was informed of the problem.


A Notice to Repair is an essential tool in rental property management, ensuring that repair issues are formally addressed and resolved. It protects the rights of tenants and landlords and helps maintain the property in a habitable condition.