General Writing Task 1IELTS Writing

General Writing Sample Task 1 #76 – Ending a tenancy agreement early

You paid a refundable deposit when you rented an apartment. You left the apartment in good condition but the Landlord won't return your deposit. Write a letter to the landlord.

You paid a refundable deposit when you rented an apartment. You left the apartment in good condition but the Landlord won’t return your deposit.

Write a letter to the landlord. In your letter

  • explain why you are writing
  • ask for the return of your deposit
  • inform the landlord of possible legal action

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear Mr Raju,


Model answer 1

Dear Mr Raju,

I am writing to request the return of the $3000 deposit that I paid to you before I rented Flat . 201, Park Street  for the month of June . When I telephoned your office I was told that you are not intending to repay this money and I am unable to understand the reason for this.

When I signed the rental agreement it was my understanding that the deposit would be returned if the apartment was vacated clean and undamaged. This was the condition of the flat when I returned the keys. I cleaned the whole apartment and there were no breakages and no damage to fittings or furniture.

I believe that I have kept to the terms of the agreement and therefore I respectfully request that my deposit be repaid in full. I shall have no alternative but to seek legal advice if we are unable to resolve this matter in a satisfactory manner.

Yours sincerely,


(161 words)


Model Answer 2

Dear Mr Raju,

Hope you and your family are doing well. My name is IeltsSelfStudy, and I rented one of your apartments on rock street and lived there for a year before leaving the place last month. Anyway, the reason, for which, I am writing this letter to you is that even though I left the apartment in clean and good condition, I didn’t receive my money, as per the leasing agreement, which was paid to you as a refundable deposit when I rented your apartment.

Of course, not receiving the refundable deposit from you is frustrating enough for me, but even more frustrating is the fact that you didn’t care to specify any possible reasons as to why I should not get my deposit back.

And since you failed to give me any reason whatsoever as to why I should not get my deposit back, it is only fair that you refund my money to me without any delay. But, if you are not willing to cooperate with me on this, I am afraid that I will have to take legal action against you to decide the matter in court.

Yours sincerely,



Model Answer 3

Dear Mr Raju,

This letter is being written to warn you against the delay in making the amount which I deposited at the time of the agreement when I rented your apartment.

I am your ex-tenant at 104-A, The Gem Apartments. I had been staying there for 10 months since last April. I had never made an arrear during my stay there. However, you have failed to refund the deposit I made to you at the time of agreement, which you promised me to make before I leave the place.

As per the agreement, I paid $5000 as deposit, which you promised that will be returned without depreciation, if no damage is made in the apartment. The rooms were left in a good condition, almost in the same condition you have rented me a year ago. Therefore, I have the right to demand the full amount I deposited.

Since you are aware that I do not have a regular earning, and I have to give a deposit to my new landlord in a month, I have no other way, but to initiate the legal proceedings if you delay it further.

I look forward to hearing a prompt and positive reply.

Yours Sincerely,


Model Answer 4

Dear Mr Raju,

I am IeltsSelfStudy , a resident of Eastern Hill apartment, living in room 2A on the ground floor. I am writing this letter to request a refund of my rental deposit that I have paid before moving into this apartment.

Last month, we both met and signed the termination of rental contract, I have also cleaned up the house and fix any breakages to ensure that the apartment would be returned in great condition. According to the contract, I would be eligible to receive the refundable deposit within one week since the date of signing the termination of lease agreement; however, two months passed by, I still have not received my previous deposit yet.

I believe that I have complied all the terms and conditions of the agreement so I respectfully request that my deposit will be repaid in the early of this month. If we both are incapable of tackling this case in a satisfactory manner, I will have no alternative but to seek legal advice.

I look forward to hearing from you soon.

Yours Sincerely,


Model Answer 5

Dear Mr Raju,

I am writing to express my deep concern that one month after moving out of your apartment, my deposit has still not been refunded.

To let you know about myself, Alok Singh was a tenant of your Baner, Pune property for almost one year and then vacated the place last month. After leaving, I was expecting my collateral amount, Rs. 75000, which I paid when renting the residence, to be returned to me within a week.

But, it has been a month, and I have not received my money. I would be grateful if you return my security deposit as soon as possible as I have got new accommodation in Mumbai and has to pay the deposit to my new property owner.

I kindly request you to return my refundable amount immediately. Else I will be left with no alternative but to take legal action as it is clearly stated in the agreement that the deposit must be returned within a week after leaving the property.

I look forward to receiving my full deposit money.

Yours Sincerely,


Model Answer 6

Dear Raju,

I have spent five years at your apartment and it was such a commendable wonderful (an excellent) (experience can’t be commendable – praiseworthy.) experience for me. During this period, (Period = time. Don’t write both. Also, this is an introducer.) of time I have paid the rent well before the set dates, but, unfortunately, I am not getting the same reciprocation from your side. I am writing to remind you for of the return of the deposit that you have not paid me yet. (I am writing to remind you that I have not received the refundable deposit yet.)

It is has been more than three months since I left your apartment. You have thoroughly checked each and every thing in the house including paint, conditions of the doors (maintain parallelism), and furniture, and found them in a good condition at the time of checkout. Therefore, I am entitled to receive the deposited money of INR 10000.

We have a friendly relation that I do not want to spoil. Thus, you should return the deposit to me within a few days. I hope you are aware of the legal rights of a tenant. I have enclosed the copy of the receipt of the deposit and NOC, which you have given gave (maintain the simple past tense) me when I vacated the house, with this letter. It would be better for both of us to solve the matter outside the court.

Looking forward for to your response.

Yours Sincerely,



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