Form Letters

HOME Line provides a number of free form letters to help you communicate and document your issues. Enter your e-mail address in the form below and we will send you the resources you request. We will also send you reminders by e-mail to help you use the forms and resources effectively. This follow-up information and assistance can help address many rental housing disputes.

Neither the forms nor the reminders we send are meant as legal advice. If you have a legal question about your situation or need advice about using any of the forms, please contact our tenant hotline:
Email the hotline.
(612) 728-5767 in the Metro Area
or (866) 866-3546 from Greater Minnesota

Below are links to information about each form letter. Please provide your email address in the box below and we will send you the forms. Providing your name and city are not required, but can help us personalize the advice we provide. If you do not have an email address, or are unsure about downloading the forms, please call our hotline and we can mail form letters to you

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Repair Request
  • Use this letter if your landlord or property manager won’t make necessary repairs. If the landlord has not repaired the problem after 14 days of receiving this letter, you may consider filing a Rent Escrow Action in court.
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Response to Invoice for Bed Bug Treatment
  • If your landlord or property manager bills you for bed bug treatment and you did not cause the problem by doing something willful (example – installing into your bedroom a mattress that you can see is infested with bedbugs) or irresponsible (example – installing a mattress that you got from a garbage bin), use this letter.
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Request for Copy Of Lease

Demand For Property
  • If you went to court for an eviction hearing, a writ of recovery was issued, and your former landlord has possession of your property, call HOME Line to speak with a tenant advocate.
  • If your former landlord has possession of your property, but you were not evicted through court proceedings, use this letter.
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Guest Rights
  • Use this letter if your landlord or property manager is trying to limit your visitors.
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Neighbor Violation

Privacy Violation
  • If your landlord or property manager enters the premises without notice, use this letter.
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Residential Lease (sample)
  • The Residential Real Estate Committee of the Minnesota State Bar Association’s Real Property Council has published an excellent residential lease for general use by tenants and landlords. The form is entitled, “Minnesota Standard Residential Lease.”
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Retaliation Notice
  • If your landlord or property manager takes actions against you after you call an inspector or otherwise assert your rights as a tenant, use this letter.
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Security Deposits
  • We have 2 options for Security Deposit form letters: a demand for the deposit, and an interest calculation worksheet:
  • Landlords are legally required to send former tenants either their security deposit or a letter outlining how the deposit was used (or a combination of the two). They must postmark this correspondence within 21 days after the rental period ends and the tenant provides a forwarding address.
  • If your landlord hasn’t returned your deposit or a letter explaining how the deposit was used within 21 days, use this letter.
  • If your landlord has sent you a letter outlining how your deposit was used, but you do not agree with the amounts withheld, call the hotline and a tenant advocate will discuss your legal options with you.
  • If you need help calculating the interest on your deposit, use this form.
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