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Are you living in an area where rents are falling? You might wonder if there are ways to negotiate a better deal on what you’re paying. If your lease renewal is up, it may be worth negotiating a change with your landlord or property manager.

When you live in an area where there are too many properties available for the number of people looking, this can pose an opportunity for tenants to consider a reduction in the asking rent.

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If your landlord or agent is willing to negotiate, this rent reduction request template is a guide to help you formulate a letter that addresses your issues in a positive tone and get the negotiations off on the right foot. Use the following template to prepare your own letter:

Sample letter to request a rent reduction

November 1, 2017

Mr Bill Smith
12 Sample Street,
Sydney, NSW 2000

Dear Mr Smith,

I’m writing with regard to the renewal of our lease at 34 / 2 Pleasant Street, Perth. December 12, 2016, my partner [name] and I moved into a unit in the aforementioned property. Since then, rental prices in Perth have dropped considerably for two-bedroom units. Our building is full of empty units, and through discussions with other tenants, I know units similar to ours have been rented in recent months to tenants at even cheaper rates than what we’re paying.

With some research into the value of properties in our apartment block, a unit nearly identical to mine is renting at $290/week for a 12-month lease. We ask that our lease, at the least, should match this. This will satisfy my interest in staying in our apartment for the foreseeable future. Ideally, a discount would be lowering our current rent to $270/week for a 12-month lease.

My partner and I have paid our rent on time without arrears for the past 2 years and have thoroughly enjoyed living on Pleasant Street in the unit. We can see ourselves staying here for the long-term should some flexibility be allowed with the asking rent.

We look forward to continuing the conversation and hearing from you shortly.

Kind regards,
[Names of tenants]

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