GUIDELINES

  1. Be brief and polite about cancellation or postponement of an invitation. Too many details are not necessary.
  2. Explain the reason for cancelling or postponing the appointment. Make sure you point to the right appointment.
  3. You could propose a different place and date for the appointment. You could also request the reader to contact you and reschedule the appointment.
  4. End with a positive note.

SAMPLE LETTER

[Senders Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Letter Date]

[Recipients Name]
[Address line]
[State, ZIP Code]

[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-


Dear [Recipients Name],

I hate to put a bump in your busy schedule, but the Lexington Addition Homeowners Association will not need you to send a representative to talk with us Monday night. Both our President and Treasurer are down with the flu, and it looks as though our Vice President may be catching it as well.

We would like to reschedule at some point if you would be agreeable to that. Safety in our neighborhood is of the utmost concern. Still, health plays a close second, and we don't want to be responsible for causing a Lexington Addition Epidemic!

Thanks for understanding. We look forward to your presentation at a later date.

Sincerely,

[Senders Name]
[Senders Title] -Optional-

[Enclosures: number] - Optional -
cc: [Name of copy recipient] - Optional -

Sample letter to cancel appointment due to sickness.

Further things to consider when writing cancellation letters to citizens, neighbors

Cancellation Letters

Cancellation letters are letters you write to a service provider, company or institution, informing them that you are dissatisfied with their product, service, or membership and that you wish to discontinue it. Cancellation letters can be written for several things such as canceling an insurance policy, a cable service, rental agreement, a magazine subscription, a bank account, order, credit, etc. The reason why people issue cancellation letters is mainly due to unsatisfactory or poor performance, not meeting the expectations, and at times unavailability of funds.

Cancellation letters are written in a clear and a concise manner. Go straight to the point and suggest actions you expect to be taken. Clearly state what you are canceling and explain you reason for it. Where necessary, include the details of what you are canceling, for example, account details. Mention that you wish to receive confirmation that the cancellation was effected. State clear steps that you would take if cancellation is not put into effect within the specified notice period. End the letter on a positive tone and request the reader to acknowledge receipt. Send the letter well in advance to give enough notice to the reader.

Letters to Citizens, Neighbors

Letters to citizens and neighbors are letters written to residents or natives of a certain town or city or to people who reside near or next door to the sender. These letters could be formal or informal depending on the sender and the content. For instance, a local government official may write an inform letter to notify citizens of a major security alert in their area of residence. In this case, this will be a formal letter. In other instances, a person may write to invite his/her neighbors to a house party, to offer condolences, to say thank you, or even to apologize. In such situations, the letters are informal and usually have a casual tone.

The best letters to citizens and neighbors are brief and carry only the intended message. State the purpose of your letter clearly in the introductory paragraph so that the recipient can have an idea of what the letter is about. Convey your message and provide any other information you feel might be important to the recipient. End the letter positively and thank the recipient for his/her time, wishing him/her well. If your letter is formal, your full name and signature will be required.

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