Demand Letter for Small Claims Court [Samples]

Learn how to write a demand letter for small claims court. Use our demand letter for small claims court samples as templates for your demand letter.

Sample 1 – Demand Letter For Small Claims Court

Your Name
Your Address
phone number
Email address


Recipient’s Name
Recipient’s Address

Dear [Mr/Ms Recipient’s Name]:

This letter is in regards to a loan that I made to you in the amount of $500 on [DATE] for the down payment of your new car. At that time, we agreed that this loan was to be paid in full by [DATE].

As of today, [DATE], you have not given me any payments towards this loan. It has been one year since the loan was to be repaid in full. I request that, on the receipt of this letter, you repay the amount in full.

If I do not receive payment in full before the end of this year, I reserve the right to take further legal action to recover the amount of the loan without further notice to you.

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This letter may be given in evidence in court of your failure to pay. If it becomes necessary to go to court, I will expect you to pay the applicable interest, filing and attorney’s fees, and any other related costs.

I will be happy to answer any questions you may have if you call me at [555-1234].

Your immediate attention to this matter will be appreciated.


Your Name

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Sample 2 – Demand Letter For Small Claims Court

[Your Name]
[Your Address]
[City, State, Zip Code]


[Name of Defendant]
[Address of Defendant]
[City, State, Zip Code]

Dear [Name of Defendant]:

I rented your house at [ADDRESS] for [three years] and always paid my rent on time. I have maintained the property well and there were no damages when I vacated on [DATE].

You signed a statement that the house is in good condition and that you would be refunding the [$2,500] deposit in full that I gave on [DATE]. It has been three months and you have not sent me either cash or a check for the amount. 

I am requesting you to give me the full deposit by the end of next week on [DATE]. If it is not returned to me on or before that date, I will take the issue to small claims court

I have enclosed copies of all of my rental receipts, the deposit receipt and the letter you signed stating that you would return my deposit in full. 

If you have any questions, I can be reached at [Phone Number] or [Email Address].


[Your Signature]
[Your Printed Name]
List of Enclosures: [Rental Receipts, Deposit Receipt and Signed Deposit-Return Letter]