- Explain that the debt has been overdue.
- Include the amount of the debt to be paid and when the next deadline would be.
- If it is the first collection letter, express that the individual may have already paid, and if that is the case, to disregard the letter.
- End on a positive tone.
[State, ZIP Code]
[State, ZIP Code]
[Subject: Normally bold, summarizes the intention of the letter] -Optional-
Dear [Recipients Name],
I wish to remind you of your balance of $400 which has been overdue since December 15, 2008.
We ask that you settle your balance on or before February 15, 2009.
If you have already paid for this amount, please just disregard this letter and inform us if you receive any more letters herewith.
Thank you for your time.
[Senders Title] -Optional-
[Enclosures: number] - Optional -
cc: [Name of copy recipient] - Optional -
Letter for collection of payment. Sample letter.
Further things to consider when writing collection letters to clients
Collection letters are written notifications or official messages sent by a creditor, business owner, or company to customers to inform them of a past due balance. Collection letters usually notify the customers of money owed including instructions of how to make a late payment. They may also include warnings for potential penalties due to late payments or non-payments and notifications for possible legal actions in the event the recipient fails to settle his/her account. Collection letters have been used in instances such as reminding students of overdue tuition fee, requesting customers to pay their credit card bills, demanding payment for a sent parcel, and much more.
Collection letters are usually written in a series. The first letter is just a simple reminder and the tone changes to a more direct and demanding one with successive letters. Constantly remind the customer that your payment is due or past due and request him/her to pay you immediately. Use a polite tone to avoid hurting your relationship with the customer. Include the amount of debt the customer must pay and indicate the next deadline. Mention the consequences of late payment and close the letter on a positive note.
Letters to Clients
Letters to clients are letters a person or organization writes to other people and/or organizations that benefit from the senders' products or professional services. These could be welcome letters to welcome the clients to the organization, introduction letters to introduce a product or service to the clients, or thank-you letters to appreciate clients for their continued support. They could also be response letters to respond to clients' queries or inform letters to notify the clients of important matters like discounts on products and services, relocation of offices, etc. Basically, a letter to a client can be just about anything, as long as whatever you are communicating is business-related.
Letters to clients are business letters, and therefore, they should be formal and professional. Start the letter with a proper salutation. Clearly state the purpose of your letter. If a client is required to take a certain urgent action, make sure to specify exactly what he/she is supposed to do. Be brief and straightforward and avoid adding irrelevant details. Close the letter by warmly inviting the recipient to respond or to take the necessary action. Sign the letter and provide your contact details. Print the letter on the company's letterhead.