Think you should be getting a better deal on your weekly rent? Obtaining a rent reduction is not impossible, but it’s important to go about it in the right way to enhance, not hurt your chances of a good outcome.
To help you get the negotiation process off to a good start, Rent.com.au’s rent reduction request template should provide you with a good guide to formulating a concise letter that addresses your issues in a positive tone. 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.
[Names of tenants]
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