Many renters are already doing it tough, and getting a rent increase adds to the burden.
If you want to negotiate with the landlord/agent, these tools can help...
Rent Increases factsheet
The legal rules about rent increases.
Tips: Negotiating with the landlord
14 tips to use in a negotiation.
Podcast: Negotiation for renters
How to prepare, what to expect, and ways to go about negotiating.
The Letter Generator tool below will create a personalised letter and data summary for your postcode and residence. You can use this in your negotiations or as supporting evidence at the Tribunal.
Start by putting in your postcode and other details.
Please note: This tool may work better on a desktop than a mobile. While you can use it to check, we ask that you do not print from the mobile version as it will not appear as intended.
The letter generator tool may take a few moments to load. If you have trouble using it, try using it in tableau.
Instructions for downloading your letter
1. Put in your postcode and details above, then tap Generate Letter.
2. In the box that pops up above, tap the drop-down arrow under 'Include', and select 'Specific sheets from this workbook.'
3. Select the 'Letter' and 'Data' sheets.
4. Tap Download.
Note: For best results, please use this tool on a desktop, rather than a mobile.
You may also find these other sample letters useful:
If you have feedback on the Rent Increase Negotiation Kit, or need help generating your letter, we welcome you to contact the Tenants’ Union.
If you need tenancy advice, please contact your local Tenants Advice and Advocacy Service.
Remember that negotiation comes with risks
The landlord may decide they want to end your tenancy agreement, however there are rules around how and when they can end the agreement. See Factsheet: Landlord ends agreement. The NSW Civil & Administrative Tribunal (NCAT) is an independent body which deals with certain kinds of disputes between landlords and tenants. You may wish to apply to the Tribunal. See Factsheet: NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
Rent Tracker Research Project
The Rent Increase Negotiation Kit and Rent Tracker are projects of the Tenants’ Union of NSW, using data published by NSW Fair Trading. Updates are monthly or as often as the data is made available from Fair Trading.
For more parts of the Rent Tracker project, see:
If you love the Rent Tracker project, please consider making a donation to the work of the Tenants’ Union.
This resource is intended as a guide to the law and should not be used as a substitute for legal advice. It applies to people who live in or are affected by the law as it applies in New South Wales, Australia. ©Tenants’ Union NSW