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Other Names: Hardship Request Letter Financial Hardship Letter
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What is a Hardship Letter?

A Hardship Letter is written to your landlord, creditor, or loan provider to request financial assistance if you are going through a difficult time financially. A typical Hardship Letter outlines your situation before the hardship occurred, and then describes your current financial situation and why you are unable to meet the payments due. Some common reasons for writing a Hardship Letter include injury, loss of job, economic downturn, an illness to you or a family member, etc. This letter should thoroughly explain your situation and your proposed solution for making payments. 
Making a Hardship Letter can help you start the process of getting relief from your creditors or lenders. It can document your financial situation and help you make the case for deferred or otherwise discounted payments. Sending your letter via priority mail can help you track that it has been delivered successfully. You may also consider checking with your lender/creditor, in case they have a different protocol to follow.

When to use a Hardship Letter:

  • You are experiencing financial difficulties and want assistance in paying your bills.
  • You recently loss your job or are working reduced hours and cannot make your usual payments.
  • You want to request a loan modification to alter your mortgage payment terms.

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Dear ,


I am writing to request assistance in order to continue making payments on my


my company's revenue is because I currently make because


Based on my and expenses, I cannot make my payments. In place of my payment of per month, I ask that you alter my payments to , which will be paid .


I can be contacted at or . Thank you for your understanding and consideration.








______________________________ Date: ________________________


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