Payment of rent arrears

You can use this sample letter to let your landlord or agent know that you have paid off rent arrears and are now completely up to date with your rent. If you have received a termination notice or the Tribunal has terminated your agreement for rent arrears, then this usually means you do not have to leave. See  Factsheet 05: Rent Arrears and get advice. 

Copy 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: Payment of arrears at [your address]

I am enclosing a cheque for $[amount] which covers my rent arrears and puts me two weeks in advance as required under our tenancy agreement.


I have paid the water usage charges in the water bill issued on [date].


I have paid the charges for the supply of electricity (or gas) (or oil) in the utility bill issued on [date].

As you are aware under sections 89(2) and 89(3) of the Residential Tenancies Act 2010 any action taken to terminate the tenancy for non-payment of rent or charges cease to have effect if the tenant pays all the arrears owing. The NSW Civil and Administrative Tribunal must not make a termination order if the arrears have been paid in full.

I ask that you inform the tribunal that my payments for rent and other charges are now up to date and that a hearing is no longer required. I will be making every effort to see this situation does not happen again.

A penalty of up to $2200 applies if a landlord fails to notify the tribunal or the Sheriff of repayment of arrears.

If you would like to discuss this further please contact me on [phone number].

Yours sincerely

[T Tenant]