Sample Tenant Letter Requesting Reimbursement for Temporary Housing

Ask your landlord to pay for temporary housing if problems in your rental pose a health risk

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Sometimes it isn’t possible to shield yourself from the effects of deteriorating asbestos or other health hazards in your rental unit, or even from your landlord’s repairs or renovations involving asbestos or the hazard in question. For example, if the acoustic ceilings in your apartment are being removed, it may be nearly impossible for you to avoid inhaling some dangerous airborne fibers. In situations like this, especially if you or someone in your home has asthma or other respiratory problems, the best alternative may be to move out temporarily until the work is completed.

Ideally, the landlord will reimburse you for the cost of temporary housing—but first you must ask first. The best approach is to put your request in writing, giving valid reasons why you must be temporarily absent while the asbestos removal or other work is done. Use this Sample Tenant Letter Requesting Reimbursement for Temporary Housing as a template in preparing your own letter.

Be sure to keep a copy of the letter you send to the landlord; you may need this if you end up in a dispute with your landlord—for example, if the landlord refuses to pay for temporary housing and you end up filing a small claims court lawsuit for the costs of your temporary housing. 

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