You and your family are living in rented accommodation : : Semi-Formal Letter [IELTS General Writing Task 1 ]

You should spend about 20 minutes on this task.

You and your family are living in rented accommodation in an English-speaking country. You are not satisfied with the condition of some of the furniture.

Write a letter to the landlord. In your letter

  • introduce yourself
  • explain what is wrong with the furniture
  • say what action you would like the landlord to take

Write at least 150 words.

You do NOT need to write any addresses.

Begin your letter as follows:

Dear …………….,


  1. Deteriorated (verb) – Become progressively worse.
    • Example: Over time, the quality of the furniture has deteriorated.
  2. Upholstery (noun) – Soft, padded textile covering that is fixed to furniture such as armchairs and sofas.
    • Example: The upholstery on the couch has started to fray at the edges.
  3. Refurbishment (noun) – The action of renovating or redecorating a building or room.
    • Example: The table in the living room requires a quick refurbishment.

Sample Letter 1:

Dear Mr. Hamilton,

I hope this letter finds you well. My name is John Dawson, and I, along with my family, recently moved into your property at 27 Oakwood Drive. While the house is spacious and suits our needs well, we’ve observed some issues with a few pieces of furniture that I wanted to bring to your attention.

Firstly, the dining table has several marks and stains which appear to be from hot dishes or cups being placed directly on the wood. Additionally, one of the legs seems unstable and wobbles quite a bit when any pressure is applied. Secondly, the upholstery on the living room sofa has visible wear and tear, especially on the armrests. It seems the fabric has deteriorated over time and now has a few rips.

Considering we have a long-term lease, we’re hoping you could address these concerns. It would be much appreciated if the faulty items could either be repaired or replaced. While we understand that wear and tear is natural over time, we believe it’s essential for the furniture to be in a decent state, especially when new tenants move in.

I hope you understand our position. We genuinely enjoy living here and only hope to make our stay comfortable.

Thank you for your attention to this matter. Looking forward to a positive response.

Warm regards,

John Dawson

Sample Letter 2:

Dear Mrs. Williams,

Greetings! My name is Emily Roberts. My family and I have been residing in the apartment 4B on Maple Street, which we rented from you at the beginning of last month. We are generally content with the apartment; however, I felt the need to discuss a couple of concerns regarding some of the furniture provided.

The primary issue is with the main wardrobe in the master bedroom. The doors do not shut properly, and the inner shelves appear to be on the verge of breaking due to age or previous load. Additionally, the coffee table in the living area has a significant crack down the middle, making it somewhat precarious to place anything heavy on it.

Given these conditions, I would kindly request either a repair or replacement of these items, as they are crucial for our day-to-day living. Ensuring they are sturdy and functional would be highly beneficial to us during our stay here.

I appreciate your understanding and prompt action on this. Please let me know if you need any further details or if an inspection is required.

Best regards,

Emily Roberts.

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