Request for consent to transfer co-tenancy

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 need to take your name off the lease in a share house, and have a new person ready to move in. It assumes you have not yet had a conversation with the landlord or agent.

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: Transfer of co-tenancy at [your address]

I am writing to ask for your written consent to a transfer of my co‑tenancy at the above property. [Name/s of remaining co-tenant/s] intend[/s] continuing in the agreement with you. I wish to transfer my tenancy to [name of new co-tenant].  

A transfer document is enclosed for you to sign. I also attach proof of the [name of new co-tenant]’s ability to pay rent, and their references.

Please note that under section 75(2) of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 a landlord cannot unreasonably withhold consent for a partial transfer of the tenancy.

If you have any questions regarding this letter, or if you require any further personal information about [name of new co-tenant], please contact me on [phone number]

Yours sincerely

[T Tenant]