IELTS Letter – A request to landlord for letting a delay in rent

IELTS Letter - A request to landlord for letting a delay in rent

Read two samples of the IELTS Letter about the request to the landlord for letting a delay in rent: a good and a bad one. But, I have corrected the bad one. These corrections can help you understand how to improve your IELTS Letters.

You should spend about 20 minutes on the task.

You are experiencing financial problems and want to ask your landlord if you can pay your rent late. Write a letter to your landlord.

In your letter, explain:

  • Why you are writing to him
  • Why you cannot pay the rent
  • When you will pay the rent.

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear……..,

IELTS Letter – A good sample

Dear Mr Sinha,
I am writing to request you to allow me to pay my rent late this month.

I’ve been your tenant for many years now, and, as you know, I have always been punctual in paying my rent. However, currently, I am having a few financial problems.

Last month, I was forced to search for a new assignment as the company I work for is closing down. Also, I spent all my savings on my younger brother’s tuition for engineering. To make matters worse, since the company is shutting down, I have not received any salary for the last two months, leaving me short of money this month.

However, I have now found another job, and they have kindly agreed to give me an advance on my wages. So, I can assure you that I will pay the rent on the 15th of next month.

I hope this will be acceptable to you, but please contact me if it is a problem. Thanking you.

Kind regards,

Sumit Gupta

Review of the good IELTS Letter

Strengths of the writer

The author maintains a semi-formal tone expected in a letter to your landlord. It is not too casual the way expressed in the previous letter.

All instructions are addressed well with sufficient explanations. At the same time, well-structured paragraphs make the reader’s life easy.

Lastly, most of the words are used aptly. The sentences have a variety of structures.

Weaknesses of the writer

The opening paragraph could have been a bit more smooth. Also, the author might consider signing off the letter with Yours sincerely according to the norms. However, the current sign off is not wrong.

Now let’s look at one of the responses by a student.

IELTS Letter – a bad sample

Dear John,

I hope this letter finds you in pink of your health. I am writing this letter for permission to pay rent later than the decided day of the month.

Last month, I was having health issues related to stomach. Upon consultation with the specialist doctors, they advised me to undergo a surgery. Initially I was hesitant and went for second opinion. It also concluded that surgery is required and last week doctors in ‘Poona Hospital’ performed operation.

As it was a major operation I had to settle the bills of hospital in large amount. Although, I have a health insurance policy but the hospital is not listed with policy document hence required to pay on my own. Due to which I am struggling with my finances this month.

As per the policy I will get the money after completion of necessary documentation. They informed that by end of this month settled amount will reflect in my account. I want to request you to allow me to pay the rent at the end of this month.

I hope you understand the difficult situation and allow me the grace period.

Looking for the positive reply and thank you for the accepting the offer.

Yours sincerely,

Smith

Strengths of the writer

The only strength one can point out of the author is that he or she has understood the instructions and have addressed them.

Weaknesses of the writer

  • The writer opens with an informal expression “I hope this letter finds you in pink of your health”. Although there are sufficient ideas, their flow is very confusing for any reader.
  • The writer could have benefitted by using better linking words.
  • The grammar is poor; however, it doesn’t change the meaning of the sentences most of the time. There are a few unnecessarily long sentences which should have been avoided.
  • Also, the selection of words could have been a bit better.
  • Lastly, the author ends the letter by signing off with the first name. Such sign offs are not acceptable on IELTS Semi-formal letters. 

Overall, such performance cannot fetch more 5.5 bands on actual IELTS. Now, we decided to revive the same letter so that students can learn how to improve their writing skills. 

IELTS Letter – an improved version of the same letter

IELTS Speaking hospitals

Dear John,

I hope this letter finds you in pink of your health. I am writing this letter for permission* to pay rent on a day later than on the decided day of the month we decided.

Last month, I was having health issues related to the stomach. Upon consultation with the specialist doctors, they advised me to undergo a I was advised a surgery. Initially, I was hesitant and went sought for a second opinion. It also concluded that surgery is required and last week doctors in ‘Poona Hospital’ performed the operation.

As it was a major operation, I had to settle the exorbitant hospital bills in large amount. Although, I have a health insurance policy, but the hospital is not listed with the policy document hence I had required to pay on my own. Due to which As a result, I am struggling with my finances this month.

As per the policy, I will get the money after completion of the necessary documentation. They informed that by the end of this month settled amount will reflect in my account. I want to request you to allow me to pay the rent at the end of this month.

I hope you understand the difficult situation and allow me the grace period. Looking for the positive reply and thank you for the accepting the offer.

Yours sincerely,

Jane Smith

*Using the word ‘permission’ is inappropriate.

The main objective of the corrections was to point out obvious mistakes. By no means this is a good letter; however, we tried to do some damage control.

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