What to say if your landlord wants you out because of rent arrears

These templates are for private renters.

You can't be evicted immediately because you miss a payment or owe rent.

Your landlord must follow a legal eviction process if they want you to leave.

The templates are part of our advice guide:

How to deal with harassment from landlords or agents

How to use the templates

You can use these templates to set out your rights and negotiate with your landlord.

Copy and paste the words into an email, text or instant message.

You need to change the bits in bold.

You can add more information and delete bits that don't apply to your situation.

Use this template if you can't afford your full rent

If your situation has changed and you can't afford your rent anymore, you'll need to look for somewhere else to live.

Your landlord must not harass you because of the arrears, or threaten to evict you without following the legal process.

Your tenancy continues until you move out voluntarily or are evicted by court bailiffs.

Get debt advice if you can't pay your rent.

To landlord or agent's name

I'm writing to you about the rent that I owe.

I'm sorry that I've been unable to pay my full rent. I appreciate that this puts us both in a difficult position.

Due to a change in my situation, I have to look for somewhere cheaper to live.

I would like to reassure you that I will pay as much as I can while I remain a tenant.

State how much you can pay and when you can make the next payment.

I am getting advice on my situation and will contact you with a proposal to repay what is owed.

I would ask that you do not visit my home in the meantime to ask for the rent, and that you follow the legal eviction process if you want me to leave.

I would also ask that we communicate by email moving forward.

Your name

Your email

Use this template if you have a repayment plan or offer

If you have short term payment problems and can afford your rent moving forward, your landlord may let you stay on and clear the arrears over time.

Landlords are less likely to pressure you to leave over rent arrears if you have an agreed repayment plan in place.

Find out how to work out a repayment plan.

To landlord or agent’s name

I’m writing to you about the rent that I owe.

Include the reason you couldn't pay or missed a payment.

I would like to reassure you that I can pay my rent moving forward.

Explain how you can pay the rent from now on.

I can pay proposed repayment amount each month towards the arrears.

I will pay this on top of my normal rent until the arrears are cleared.

I hope that we can agree this plan and that I can continue to live here.

I would ask that you do not visit my home in the meantime to ask for the rent, and that you follow the legal eviction process if you want me to leave.

I would also ask that we communicate by email moving forward.

Your name

Your email

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Need more advice?

Breathing Space is a scheme that can help tenants with rent arrears. It pauses the eviction process for up to 60 days while you get debt advice.

Find out if you qualify for breathing space

Last updated: 1 June 2021

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