[Your name and address]
[Landlord’s and agent’s name and address]
Re: Notice of rent increase at [your address]
I have received your letter dated [date] stating that my rent will increase from $[amount] per week to $[amount] per week on [date].
A rent increase of $[amount] per week will cause me great hardship. [As you are aware, I am on a low income and have a young family. I have always been prompt in paying the rent and have looked after the premises.]
However, I am able to pay rent of $[amount] per week and ask that you agree to this lesser amount.
Section 41(6) of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 states that a new notice agreeing to increase the rent to a lesser amount takes effect from the date on which the earlier notice was to take effect.
I look forward to your reply confirming that the increased rent will be $[amount] per week, starting on [date].