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IELTS Writing Task 1 | General Training | Sample 8

Many professionals from India appear for IELTS – General Training each year in order to apply for permanent residency in Canada and Australia. One of the main challenges these professional face is IELTS writing section which consists of two tasks. Task 1 is Letter Writing and Task 2 is Essay Writing. We have already published few samples of writing task 1.

The task of letter writing expects you to write a letter in minimum 150 words. Reader judges your letter on factors such as Task Achievement, Coherence and Cohesion, Lexical Resources, and Grammatical Range and Accuracy. Here, we have decided to publish samples by our students which can guide students preparing for IELTS online.

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 Mr. Sinha,

I am writing to you to request that you to allow me to pay my rent late this month.

I’ve been a tenant with you for many years now, and, as you know, I have always been punctual in paying 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 a redundancy payment, therefore leaving me short of money this month.

I can assure you that I will be able to pay the rent on the 15th of next month. I have now found another job, and they have kindly agreed to give me an advance on my wages, but they are unable to arrange this until next week.

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

Kind regards,

Sumit Gupta

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