Once you’ve found a place to live, your landlord may make certain promises—such as to paint the apartment or clean the carpet before you move in, or to replace the refrigerator within two months. To avoid disputes down the road, always write down this type of agreement. If you don’t and the promised improvement is put off or not done as promised, you’ll be left with little more than your word against the landlord’s.
Use this Sample Letter of Understanding with Landlord To Make Repairs Before Tenant Moves In as a model when you prepare your own letter. For details on tenant rights and landlord responsibilities when it comes to repairs and maintenance, see Every Tenant’s Legal Guide or (if you’re renting in California), California Tenants’ Rights.