Templates and forms

Here are links to various templates, forms and sample letters which you might find useful in relation to COVID-19 and renting. Also see our general resources page for resources and sample letters which are not specific to COVID-19.

 


Request a Rent Reduction Template Letter

This template letter can be adapted to your personal circumstances and used to write to your landlord/agent to request a rent reduction due to  the financial impacts of COVID-19:
 

 

For more info see the Renters' Guide to COVID-19What should I do if I can’t pay my full rent? (Step 2: Write to the landlord/agent with your proposal)

 


Rent Variation Agreement  

If you agree on a rent reduction with your landlord, it is important to ensure that this agreement is in writing. You can use this template agreement:
 

 

For more info see the Renters' Guide to COVID-19: What should I do if I can’t pay my full rent? (Step 2: Write to the landlord/agent with your proposal)

 


Letter to initiate rent reduction negotiations (NSW Fair Trading)

NSW Fair Trading has prepared this example letter to help you with approaching your landlord or agent to negotiate a rent arrangement:
 

 

For more info see the Renters' Guide to COVID-19: Rent negotiations

 


Complaint Form (NSW Fair Trading)

If you have attempted to negotiate a rent reduction without success you can apply to NSW Fair Trading for assistance with the negotiations by using this form:
 

 

For more info see the Renters' Guide to COVID-19What if my landlord won’t negotiate?

 


Template agreement – End tenancy and payment plan 

If you negotiate an agreement with your landlord to end your tenancy and decide on the termination date and the quantum of any break fees and/or arrears, you should set this out in writing. You can use this template agreement:
 

 

For more info see the Renters' Guide to COVID-19How do I end my tenancy agreement?

 


Tribunal Application Form (NCAT)

If you are a tenant who is unable to negotiate a rent reduction with your landlord, you can apply to the NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) under section 228C of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 to terminate the tenancy agreement. You should download and complete this form:
 

 

For more info see the Renters' Guide to COVID-19Tribunal Proceedings

 


Financial Statement (NCAT)

This document can be used to demonstrate your financial position to NCAT by listing the income and expenses of your household:
 

 

For more info see the Renters' Guide to COVID-19Tribunal Proceedings