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Paying rent

Talk to your landlord if you're struggling to pay rent.

You might be able to agree to a rent reduction, or they might be willing to accept rent late. Get any agreement in writing.

Use our template letter tool to help negotiate a rent reduction.

For more help with rent arrears visit our dealing with rent arrears page.

Can I stop paying rent? 

There is no rent holiday or break for renters. You can only pause or reduce your rent payments if your landlord agrees.

Buy to let landlords may get mortgage payment holidays if their tenants have financial problems due to coronavirus, but this won’t always be possible.

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