[Your name and address]
[Landlord’s or agent’s name and address]
Re: Unpaid council rates at [your address]
Recently I received a notice from [name of council] stating that $[amount] was owing on outstanding council rates. Under section 569(2) of the Local Government Act 1993, the council has demanded that I make future rent payments to them until the rates have been paid in full.
Consequently, as permitted under section 569(4) of the same Act, I will make future rent payments to [name of council] until the outstanding rates are paid, after which time, I will resume paying rent directly to you. Receipts from [name of council] will count as rent receipts.