Sample Complaint Letter to Send to a Business

REPORTING YOUR COMPLAINT TO A BUSINESS

When you are trying to resolve a complaint against a company, the first step should always be to discuss your concerns with a representative of the business.  Try to speak with the manager or owner, and follow up by sending a certified letter confirming all the details of your conversation.  Request a return postal receipt so that you will have proof of the letter’s delivery; and keep records of all communications between yourself and the business, including phone calls, letters, faxes or e-mails.

Below you will find an example of a letter you can use to send to the business.  If you are following up on a previous conversation, be sure to restate any assurances that were made to you at that time.


[Your address]
[Your city, state, zip code]

[Today’s date]

[Name of contact person (if available)]
[Title (if available)]
[Company name]
[Consumer Complaint Division (if there is no contact person)]
[Street address]
[City, state, zip code]

Re: [Account number or other reference to your complaint]

Dear [Contact Person]:

This letter is to [notify you {or} follow up on our conversation of {date}] about a problem I am having with the [name of product or service performed] that I [bought, leased, rented or had repaired] at your [name of location] location on [date].

I am dissatisfied with your [service or product] because [describe problem].  I have already attempted to resolve this problem by [describe attempts and actions taken].  I have enclosed copies of my records.  [Include copies of receipts, canceled checks, contracts, and other relevant documents]

Unfortunately, the problem remains unresolved.  I am hereby requesting that you:  [List specific actions you want (such as: refund, exchange or repair the item)]

1)

2)

3)

Please contact me within [number of days] days to confirm that you will honor my request.  I have prepared a complaint for submission to the proper agencies for investigation.  I will not file the complaint if you resolve the problem within this time period I have indicated.

Thank you for your anticipated assistance in resolving my problem.  Please contact me at [telephone number and/or e-mail address] if you have any questions.

Sincerely,

[Your signature]

[Your name]

 

Enclosure(s): [List attached document copies]

cc: [Name(s) of anyone to whom you are sending a copy of this letter]