By Thomas Duff For Daily Mail Australia
Published: 02:23 GMT, 27 March 2020 | Updated: 02:23 GMT, 27 March 2020
Struggling tenants have revealed how they managed to reduce their rent just by sending an email to their landlords amid the coronavirus crisis.
One unemployed childcare teacher from Melbourne said she was able to secure a 50 per cent rent reduction for three months by using a simple message template.
'How good is my landlord, you don't get if you don't ask. What a legend,' she wrote on social media, attaching a 'rent relief request' document for others to use.
Dozens of other tenants were inspired by her message and shared how the email helped them secure cheaper rent from their landlords.
One unemployed childcare teacher from Melbourne said she was able to secure a 50 per cent rent reduction for three months after sending an email to her landlord
Hundreds of thousands have been left jobless as a result of government's tough stance on flattening the curve of the virus (pictured: People outside a Centrelink office in Bondi Junction)
One woman said she contacted her real estate agent to ask if she could have her rent reduced.
'After a few emails back and forth, my real estate agent called today and let me know that the landlord has said it's okay to pay what I can when I can,' the woman wrote.
'We'll work out any arrears when this is over. Feeling so relieved right now.'
Another woman, who owns a shop that is struggling financially, emailed her landlord and asked them to consider reducing her rent.
'She called me and has offered free rent,' the woman wrote.
'Her words: ''Close your shop doors. Go home and protect your family."
'My business will survive solely on her