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Sample Holding Letter

The following text could be used in a letter to send to creditors if you aren’t able to make an offer immediately and need time to make a decision.


Creditor name
Address & postcode

Dear Sir or Madam:

RE: Account No __________

I regret to inform you that I am currently unable to keep up with my monthly payments because __________.

I have been writing to my creditors asking for specific details as to the outstanding balance of my accounts. After I get this information, I will contact you without delay with a pro rata offer for paying back my debt; or

I recently applied for __________ benefit and will get back to you after I begin receiving it; or

I have been unemployed (or sick) since __________ and have therefore been unable to work and will contact you again as soon as I return to work.

In the meantime I was hoping you could hold action on my account for a period of two months and suspend interest and other applicable charges to prevent my indebtedness from increasing even further.

Yours truly,



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