Payment of rent arrears

Note: tenancy law changed on 23rd March 2020. All our factsheets are up to date, but sample letters are still under review.

You can use this sample letter to let your landlord or agent know that you have paid off rent arrears and are now completely up to date with your rent. If you have received a termination notice or the Tribunal has terminated your agreement for rent arrears, then this usually means you do not have to leave. See  Factsheet 05: Rent Arrears and get advice. 

Cut and paste the template letter below or download a copy from the link above. Remember to substitute your details for the details contained in [square brackets].

[Your name and address]


[Landlord’s or agent’s name and address]

Dear …

Re: Payment of rent arrears at [your address]

I am enclosing a cheque for $[amount] which covers my rent arrears and puts me two weeks in advance as required under our tenancy agreement.

As you are aware under sections 89(2) and 89(3) of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 any action taken to terminate the tenancy for rent arrears cease to have effect if the tenant pays all the rent owing. The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal must not make a termination order if the arrears have been paid in full.

I ask that you inform the tribunal that as my rent is now up to date a hearing is no longer required. I will be making every effort to see this situation does not happen again.

A penalty of up to $2200 applies if a landlord fails to notify the tribunal or the Sheriff of repayment of arrears.

If you would like to discuss this further please contact me on [phone number].

Yours sincerely

[T Tenant]