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How to negotiate rent with your landlord

You can negotiate over rent when your fixed term ends.

Your landlord may prefer to keep you as a tenant instead of looking for someone who will pay more.

You can also ask for a temporary reduction if you experience money problems.

You need to approach things differently depending on whether you:

  • have already missed rent payments

  • think you might be late with rent or not be able to pay it

But in both situations, try and show you have:

  • a long term proposal to pay the rent

  • been reliable at paying rent previously

What to do if you have rent arrears

Your landlord may be more likely to agree to a temporary rent reduction if you:

  • show you are working out how to pay them back

  • have a repayment proposal

Use our letter templates to update your landlord or make a repayment proposal.

Make rent your priority payment.

Find out how to deal with rent arrears if your debts are increasing.

How to negotiate a short term rent reduction

Let your landlord know if you have problems such as:

  • losing your job

  • increasing energy costs

  • universal credit payment delays

Tell them if you will have more income soon, for example if you have:

  • a new job or interview

  • applied for universal credit or other help

Copy our template into an email or message to your landlord.

[Use the subject: My rent next month]

As you're aware I have always been a good tenant and paid my rent on time.

I need to tell you about a change in my situation due to [the reason].

I would like to ask if you would consider a reduced rent payment next month.

I can pay you £xxx

I expect my money problems to be short term and have taken the following steps already:

[Explain what you have done. For example, got a job offer or interview, looked for work, applied for benefits to help with rent].

I will keep you updated and be in touch next month to discuss future rent payments.

I look forward to your response.

You can also send the letter as an email attachment or through the post: 

Proof of what you agree with your landlord

Keep a record of what you agree about rent or repayment plans for arrears.

Make sure you are both clear about:

  • how much rent you will be paying

  • how long the new arrangement is for

  • if or when you will have to start paying more

  • if you have to pay back the difference

If your landlord agrees in writing to a permanent reduction then that becomes your new rent.

Last updated: 3 July 2023

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