Use a rent demand letter to formally request that a tenant pays you outstanding rent if you’re a private residential landlord. Tenants are also known as ‘contract holders’ in Wales. For the... ... Read more
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Use a rent demand letter to formally request that a tenant pays you outstanding rent if you’re a private residential landlord.
Tenants are also known as ‘contract holders’ in Wales. For the avoidance of doubt, references to ‘tenants’ also apply to ‘contract holders’, and references to ‘tenancy agreements’ include ‘occupation contracts’, unless otherwise specified.
Last reviewed 16 December 2022.
Use this rent demand letter or rent arrears letter when:
A rent demand letter is a letter requesting immediate payment of the outstanding rent from a tenant. It notifies the tenant of their failure to pay rent, and it is the first step to recover overdue rent.
Provide your tenant with this rent demand letter when, for the first time, they've missed paying rent on the due date. This straightforward notice enables you to request immediate payment of the outstanding rent from your tenant. With this rent demand letter, you can also request that all future rent payments be made in full on the due date.
This rent demand letter template covers:
Issuing a demand for rent serves as a reminder to the tenant that rent is due, and warns them that further failure to pay may lead to eviction. Communicating with your tenant by sending them a letter may be enough to solve the issue and avoid eviction. It is also a valuable document in case of further legal action.
You could also discuss the rent arrears with your tenant and consider creating a Rent repayment plan to set out a formal plan for your tenant to follow to repay the rent that they owe.
If, after sending the first letter to your tenant, rent remains overdue and unpaid, you can serve the tenant a Final rent demand letter to request immediate payment of the outstanding rent. The next step is to serve your tenant with a notice for repossessing the property, by issuing an Eviction notice.
If the tenant refuses to respond to the rent demand letter, the landlord may need to take the matter to court. It will then be up to the court to determine if a landlord is entitled to claim rent arrears.
Factors that will work against a landlord in court may be if they:
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if a tenant who has ignored previous requests to pay the overdue rent
if a tenant who has informed you that they cannot pay the rent
to end the tenant's occupation of the property
This rent demand letter is governed by the law of England and Wales or of Scotland.
Last reviewed or updated 16/11/2022
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