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This is an IELTS writing task 1 sample answer essay on the topic of writing a letter to a landlord.

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IELTS Essay: Letter to a Landlord

Write a letter to your landlord complaining about noise in the block of flats which he owns. Include

Where you live

The problem

What he should do

Dear Mr. Sanders,

My name is Dave and I’m your tenant at the Sunny Villa apartment complex. I’ve been living here for the last two years in apartment 52 in Block C, one of the apartments overlooking the main street.

I’m writing because I have some complaints about recent noise levels. It has always been a noisy area but is getting worse because of renovation construction in the apartment above me and new neighbors next to me. The construction has been going on for a couple of months and they are inconsiderate about early mornings when I’m usually still sleeping. The neighbors that just moved in next to me a month ago are also in the habit of hosting loud parties every Saturday night.

I’d like you to talk to the building management to see how long the remodeling will be going on for and if they can stick to more regular and decent working hours. As for the adjacent neighbors, I’ve already spoken with them to no avail so I’d recommend you also mention this to the management for them to deal with it.

Thanks for helping out,

Dave

Analysis

1. Dear Mr. Sanders,

2. My name is Dave and I’m your tenant at the Sunny Villa apartment complex. 3. I’ve been living here for the last two years in apartment 52 in Block C, one of the apartments overlooking the main street.

  1. Address the letter.
  2. Begin to develop the first point of the letter.
  3. Include a second sentence to get full marks.

1. I’m writing because I have some complaints about recent noise levels. 2. It has always been a noisy area but is getting worse because of renovation construction in the apartment above me and new neighbors next to me. 3. The construction has been going on for a couple of months and they are inconsiderate about early mornings when I’m usually still sleeping. 4. The neighbors that just moved in next to me a month ago are also in the habit of hosting loud parties every Saturday night.

  1. Begin the second point.
  2. Develop it.
  3. Add as much detail as possible.
  4. This point might require more detail than the other two.

1. I’d like you to talk to the building management to see how long the remodeling will be going on for and if they can stick to more regular and decent working hours. 2. As for the adjacent neighbors, I’ve already spoken with them to no avail so I’d recommend you also mention this to the management for them to deal with it.

3. Thanks for helping out,

4. Dave

  1. Address the final point of the letter.
  2. Develop it fully.
  3. Write ‘sincerely’ or another ending phrase.
  4. Include your name.

Vocabulary

What do the words in bold below mean?

Dear Mr. Sanders,

My name is Dave and I’m your tenant at the Sunny Villa apartment complex. I’ve been living here for the last two years in apartment 52 in Block C, one of the apartments overlooking the main street.

I’m writing because I have some complaints about recent noise levels. It has always been a noisy area but is getting worse because of renovation construction in the apartment above me and new neighbors next to me. The construction has been going on for a couple of months and they are inconsiderate about early mornings when I’m usually still sleeping. The neighbors that just moved in next to me a month ago are also in the habit of hosting loud parties every Saturday night.

I’d like you to talk to the building management to see how long the remodeling will be going on for and if they can stick to more regular and decent working hours. As for the adjacent neighbors, I’ve already spoken with them to no avail so I’d recommend you also mention this to the management for them to deal with it.

Thanks for helping out,

Dave

Answers

tenant person who lives there

apartment complex group of apartment buildings

overlooking above the

main street busy thoroughfare

complaints gripes

noise levels too noisy

noisy area area with lots of noise

getting worse not getting better

renovation construction fixing up an apartment

apartment above me apartment over

new neighbors people living next door

couple of months 2 months

inconsiderate not caring about others

just moved in new tenants

in the habit usually

hosting loud parties having loud parties

building management those who run the apartments

remodeling renovating

going on for continuing for

stick to more regular and decent working hours keep up with normal hours

adjacent next to

to no avail hasn’t worked

mention say

deal with it take care of

thanks for helping out sincerely

Pronunciation

ˈtɛnənt 
əˈpɑːtmənt ˈkɒmplɛks
ˌəʊvəˈlʊkɪŋ 
meɪn striːt
kəmˈpleɪnts 
nɔɪz ˈlɛvlz
ˈnɔɪzi ˈeərɪə 
ˈgɛtɪŋ wɜːs 
ˌrɛnəʊˈveɪʃən kənˈstrʌkʃən 
əˈpɑːtmənt əˈbʌv miː 
njuː ˈneɪbəz 
ˈkʌpl ɒv mʌnθs 
ˌɪnkənˈsɪdərɪt 
ʤʌst muːvd ɪn 
ɪn ðə ˈhæbɪt 
ˈhəʊstɪŋ laʊd ˈpɑːtiz 
ˈbɪldɪŋ ˈmænɪʤmənt 
ˌriːˈmɒdlɪŋ 
ˈgəʊɪŋ ɒn fɔː 
stɪk tuː mɔː ˈrɛgjʊlər ænd ˈdiːsnt ˈwɜːkɪŋ ˈaʊəz
əˈʤeɪsənt 
tuː nəʊ əˈveɪl 
ˈmɛnʃən 
diːl wɪð ɪt
θæŋks fɔː ˈhɛlpɪŋ aʊt

Vocabulary Practice

Remember and fill in the blanks:

Dear Mr. Sanders,

My name is Dave and I’m your t_________t at the Sunny Villa a____________________x. I’ve been living here for the last two years in apartment 52 in Block C, one of the apartments o____________g the m__________t.

I’m writing because I have some c____________s about recent n____________s. It has always been a n___________a but is g____________e because of r_____________________n in the a____________________e and n_______________s next to me. The construction has been going on for a c___________________s and they are i_______________e about early mornings when I’m usually still sleeping. The neighbors that j_____________n next to me a month ago are also i______________t of h________________s every Saturday night.

I’d like you to talk to the b_____________________t to see how long the r_______________g will be g________________r and if they can s_______________________________________________s. As for the a____________t neighbors, I’ve already spoken with them t___________l so I’d recommend you also m__________n this to the management for them to d_______________t.

T_________________________t,

Dave

Listening Practice

Listen more about this topic below and practice with these activities:

Reading Practice

Read more and use these ideas to improve your reading:

https://brightside.me/creativity-home/7-small-apartment-problems-and-ways-to-fix-them-609710/

Speaking Practice

Practice with the following questions from the real IELTS speaking exam:

Where you Live

  1. Do you like where you live now?
  2. Do you have a good relationship with your neighbors?
  3. Is it a good area for children to grow up?

Writing Practice

Write about this related topic then check with my sample answer below:

Write a letter to a friend who just moved into a new house that you are sending a gift to. Include

What the gift is

Why you chose it

How it will be delivered


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