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

[Date]

[Your name]
[Your address]

[Lessor’s name]
[Lessor’s address]

Dear [Lessor’s name]

Re: Rent increase for the premises [your address]

I have received your notice of a rent increase dated [date 1], which states that my rent will increase to [amount 1] on [date 2].

This increase is excessive. As you would be aware, the Residential Tenancies Act 1997 (ACT) gives the ACT Civil and Administrative Tribunal the power to review rent increases. The Act lists matters that the Tribunal must consider in making their decision in s 68(3), and I feel that of them, the following are relevant here:

  • [matter 1] [say why/how this matter is relevant];
  • [matter 2] [say why/how this matter is relevant];
  • [matter 3] [say why/how this matter is relevant].

While I am not prepared to accept your proposed increase of [amount 2], I would have no problem with an increase of [amount 3] per week instead. If you agree, I would be happy to start paying this lesser increase from the date given in your notice.

I would appreciate a response to this letter by [date 3]. If I have not received a satisfactory response from you by that date, I intend to apply to the Tribunal for a rental rate review.

Yours sincerely,

[Your signature]
[Your name]

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