Rent increase in share housing

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 when you live as a subtenant in a share house and your head tenant has told you your rent is to be increased without giving proper notice, and is taking more than a fair share of the rent. You should modify it to match your circumstances.

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]


[Head-tenant’s name and address]

Dear …

Re: Rent increase at [your address]

Recently you increased my rent from $[amount] to $ [amount] per week. I believe that this rent increase is unreasonable given that the rent you pay the real estate agent [or landlord] is $[amount] per week and one other person in the premises also pays you rent.

I am a sub-tenant and therefore I am covered under the provisions of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010. Under section 41 of the Act you are required to give me 60 days notice of a rent increase. Any increased rent that I pay without 60 days written notice will have to be refunded.

I trust this clarifies the matter.

Yours sincerely

[T Tenant]