A debt collection letter is a document mailed by a creditor (or collection agency) to a debtor demanding payment for an unpaid balance. The letter can serve as a general reminder or can be used to inform the recipient that legal action will be taken against them soon. When sending a debt collection letter, the sender must receive verifiable proof that the recipient received the notice. This can be accomplished by using certified mail (a service provided by the USPS).
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DEBT COLLECTION LETTER
[SENDER (CREDITOR) NAME]
[SENDER ADDRESS LINE 1]
[SENDER ADDRESS LINE 2]
[RECIPIENT (DEBTOR) NAME]
[RECIPIENT COMPANY (IF ANY)]
[RECIPIENT ADDRESS LINE 1]
[RECIPIENT ADDRESS LINE 2]
URGENT: PLEASE RECTIFY THIS MATTER IMMEDIATELY
Dear [RECIPIENT NAME],
Please be advised that you have an outstanding balance at the time of writing. As such, we would appreciate you making this payment as soon as possible.
DUE AMOUNT: $[AMOUNT DUE]
PLEASE REMIT PAYMENT TO: [PAYMENT ADDRESS]
We regret to advise that unless payment is received by [MM/DD/YYYY], this collection will be passed over to our debt collection agency/lawyer. This could seriously affect your credit rating, and therefore, we urge you to contact us immediately to pay the amount due or arrange an alternative before this date.
You have the right to dispute this debt by submitting written notice within thirty (30) days of receiving this letter. If this letter is not disputed within the thirty (30) day time frame allotted, then the collection will be considered accepted by the debtor.
Instructions (How to Write)
Step 1 – Sender (“From”) Information
In the top four (4) lines of the letter, enter the following information:
- The full name of the creditor (sender).
- The company the sender owns (or is employed by, if any).
- The street address of the creditor.
- The city, state, and ZIP code of the creditor.
Step 2 – Date
Beneath the creditor’s mailing information, enter the date (mm/dd/yyyy) the letter is being sent to the debtor.
Step 3 – Recipient (“To”) Information
The recipient’s mailing information should be written in the same format as the sender (the creditor).
- Full name of the recipient (the debtor).
- The recipient’s company name (if any).
- The recipient’s street address (including unit number, if any).
- The recipient’s city, state, and ZIP code.
Step 4 – Letter Contents
After “Dear,” enter the full name of the recipient. Alternatively, their first name can be used.
Then, after “Due Amount,” enter the total amount ($) the debtor owes the creditor. The next field should be used to provide the mailing information where the debtor can send the payment for the debt.
Step 5 – Payment Due Date
Enter the date (mm/dd/yyyy) that the recipient must pay the “Due Amount” to prevent the creditor (sender) from sending the debt to collections.
Step 6 – Signing
While optional, it’s recommended that the sender sign their name onto the letter. This adds to the letter’s credibility, increasing the likelihood that the recipient takes its message seriously. Beneath their signature, they should include their full printed name, followed by their position at the company (if applicable).