How to negotiate rent with your current landlord

It could be a hassle for your landlord to find someone who will pay more.

You can negotiate over rent when your fixed term ends.

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

Make rent your priority payment.

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

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

Our template letters can help you with what to say to your landlord if you have arrears.

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

Our template letter shows you what to say if you need to pay less rent for a while.

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: 30 May 2022

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