Letter Sample #2 – Ask your landlord if you can pay your rent late

GT Writing Task 1 (Letter Writing) Sample # 2

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You are experiencing financial problems and want to ask your landlord if you can pay your rent late.

Write a letter to your landlord. In your letter explain:

  • why you are writing to him/her
  • why you cannot pay the rent
  • when you will pay the rent

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:


Model Answer 1:

Dear Mr Johnson,

I am John Smith, a tenant of your house for quite a long period of time and have always paid my rent on time. However, this time I am requesting you to kindly allow me to pay the rent late for the month of November.

My prolonged illness has caused some financial hardship for me. I have been hospitalized with an undisclosed illness and missed eighteen consecutive days from work. The time away from my office has reduced my monthly income substantially. Moreover, the hospital bill has drained my savings. In consequence, I am a bit short of readies. I am afraid I can not pay the rent for November in time and I want to know if an extension is possible.

Because of my previous good rental record, I hope you will allow this first-time extension for me. I can assure you that I will be able to pay the rent by November 20th, plus any late fees associated with this delinquent rent.

I appreciate your prompt response. You can reach me at +02-87490837 if there is a problem.

Yours sincerely,

John Smith.

Model Answer 2:

Dear Mr Oscar,

I am Hudson Mar, a tenant in your apartment D5-A, writing to inform you that I might be late paying my rent this month due to the monetary predicament I am going through.

I have been living in your apartment for the last eight months and have always paid my rent on time. However, my contact with my current employer expired on 1st March 2018 and I need a couple of weeks to manage a new job. I have already spent my savings and this has put me in a difficult position to manage my finance including my house rent.

I am quite positive that I can pay your rent before the 28th of this month. I would, therefore, request you to allow me to pay the rent before the 28th instead of the 7th, as I usually do every month.

I would be highly grateful for your kind consideration and wait for your reply in this regard.

Yours sincerely,

Hudson Mar


Since you are writing to your landlord, it is assumed that you personally know him/her. This is why the question instruction says that –

Begin your letter as follows:

Fill the “………..” with a name [your landlord’s first name in this case with a title (i.e. Mr/ Mrs)]

This is a semi-formal letter. So do Not to use contractions (e.g. ain’t, doesn’t, aren’t etc) and any informal word/expression in it.

You should end a semi-formal letter with the signature line –

Sincerely / Yours sincerely / Sincerely yours,
Your full name.

Note: It is important to identify the type of letter you are asked to write. An IELTS Letter could be a formal, semi-formal or informal letter. The entire tone and expressions you use in your letter depend on the type of letter you are writing.

5 Comments to “Letter Sample #2 – Ask your landlord if you can pay your rent late”

  1. Good one.

  2. Dear Mr White,

    Hope you are doing well. I am Christine Evans, one of your tenants in Brooklyn Heights Tower B2 located in City Road. I am writing this letter to you to request some extension in paying my rent this month.

    I have been living here for the past two years and have always paid my rent within the 5th of every month. Due to the ongoing economic downturn, layoffs and salary cuts during the pandemic, my company has started paying 50% salary to employees from this month. This has put me in a financial crisis, and I would need some time to plan out my expenses and withdraw some savings as well.

    Under the circumstances, I would really appreciate it if you could kindly consider the timing of the rent this month and allow me to pay it a little late than usual. I am positive that I can pay it within the 28th of the current month.

    Please feel free to reach me at +01 223 4566 anytime. Looking forward to your cooperation and reply on the same.

    Yours sincerely,

    Christine Evans

  3. Could you please rate the below.

    Dear Mr Mike,

    Hope you are doing well. I am Jake, one of your tenants in Blue Dale apartment located in Salmiya, writing this letter to request you some time to pay this month’s rent.

    As you know, due to the pandemic situation few organisations have implemented salary cut for their staffs and unfortunately, my organisation also was forced to do the same. This deduction was unexpected and apparently, it has hindered my monthly plans. I find it really difficult to pay you the rent this month as my children’s school fees have to be paid before the 10th of this month as well.

    I hope the situation will be back to normal soon and I promise you to pay the dues together with my next month’s rent. Because of my previous good rental record, I hope you will allow this first time extension for me.

    I would like to apologize for the inconvenience caused. Kindly contact me in case of any concerns.

    Yours faithfully

    Jake Dickens

  4. Could you please rate my ‘letter to the landlord’?

    Dear Sir / Madam,

    I am writing this letter to request for a rent waiver/reduction for the upcoming months.

    As you are aware, due to the current pandemic crisis, companies around the globe are either forced to terminate or reduce the salaries of the employees. Unfortunately, my company has reduced my salary by 50% and I am struggling to make the end’s meet to cover my daily expenses, child‘s education and Bank commitments. Paying the rent for the coming months would put me in great financial distress.

    Hence I would like you to consider my request to waive the rent by 30% for the next six months in the view of being a very good tenant who has always paid rents on time.

    In an event of the request being denied, I will be left with no option other than to leave the current house and look for a more affordable house which would meet with my current financial condition.

    Thank you so much for being so understanding.

    Yours faithfully,

    Jordan Mathew

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