How to ask your landlord to reduce your rent

Lifetise coronavirus money help how to ask your landlord to reduce rent

If you are struggling to pay your rent, or you think that you will struggle soon, because coronavirus has affected your pay or other costs, speak to your landlord about reducing your rent, or not paying it for a couple of months (payment holiday).

We know that conversation can feel scary or impossible, so here’s what you can say – the bits in { } are for you to edit:

Hi {name}

I hope that you and your family are doing well in these difficult times. I’m getting in touch because {I/we} are struggling financially because of the coronavirus crisis. {Feel free to put in an explanation why if you want to (you don’t have to, but it might help) – maybe you’ve lost your job or your employer is cutting your salary}

I wanted to have a chat about what can be done regarding rent payments for the next couple of months? It would really help {me/us} if we could {reduce the rent to £{amount}/take a break on rent payments} for the next {2} months whilst we see what happens.

I know that the banks are giving mortgage payment breaks to customers, so you should be able to pause your mortgage payments too.

Can you let me know what can be done? Thanks, I really appreciate us working together on this, I know it’s a stressful time for everyone.

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