Writing a Simple Loan Restructuring Request Letter
Writing a Simple Loan Restructuring Request Letter (with Samples)
Use these sample loan restructuring request letters as templates for your formal request. Last updated on December 19th, 2020
A loan restructuring request letter is a formal way to request a modification to a loan. This letter is the place where the borrower can express his or her financial troubles in personal terms to have the best chance to stop a foreclosure or receive better terms on an outstanding loan. Banks and other lenders don’t want to know the life history of a borrower, but they want to know that he or she has a legitimate reason for requesting help.
2 Main Reasons for Loan Modifications The two main reasons a borrower needs modification on a loan are job loss and medical issues. However, other reasons may be divorce, death of a spouse, a newborn child, military duty and relocation. Other possibilities are a failed business or a business that is suffering from an economic slowdown.
Borrowers need to remember that lenders will usually only help if there is something in it for them. Most lenders are not interested in owning and maintaining property or repossessing a virtually worthless car, so they look for ways to avoid a foreclosure lawsuit. The borrower should clearly explain that due to his or her financial situation, they need help and are not trying to avoid paying their debt. The letter may be the single most important factor in whether a lender will restructurea loan. The lender will want to see the following questions answered:
Why did the borrower fall behind in payments
When did the borrower fall behind in payments with specific dates
Will the financial difficulties be improved and when and how
What modifications does the borrower want
How much can the borrower afford to pay on the loan
If the financial hardship is due to gambling or alcohol, is treatment being sought
Loan Modification Consultant
If the letter is being written by a loan modification consultant such as an attorney, mortgage broker or realtor, it should be written in the first person voice for the borrower, and the borrower should sign the letter. Personal letters are more likely to be viewed as genuine and not from a template.
There are a few things that should not be included in a request letter for loan restructuring. First, the letter should not give a long and detailed narration of the hardship. The letter should clearly state the facts of the hardship and not exaggerate it. The letter should be honest and not put the blame on someone else for the difficulty.
Below are sample loan restructuring request letters. Since it is a formal document and will become part of the borrower’s and lender’s permanent file, it should be written in formal business style and sent by certified mail. The letter should be succinct and not more than one page. The borrower should keep a copy of the letter as well as the receipt that proves the lender received it.
Sample 1 - Loan Restructuring Request Letter
Name of Borrower Address of Borrower City, State, Zip Code
Name of Loan Officer Name of Lending Institution Address of Lending Institution City, State, Zip Code
Re: Restructuring of Loan - Loan Number
Dear Name of Loan Officer:
This letter is a formal request for restructuring of my mortgage. I have fallen behind in payments for the last three months because my wife, Name of Wife, lost her job, which reduced our total income by half. I made the last payment on DATE.
I sincerely want to keep my home and make regular payments, but, at this time, require some restructuring in the terms of the loan. I request that the monthly payments be reduced and the delinquent payments be forgiven or recapitalized, so I can catch up and prevent delinquency in the future.
I would appreciate it if we could work together to find a way to normalize my mortgage payments. I fully intend to pay my debt, but need some help until my wife finds another job and our financial situation stabilizes again. She currently has two possible job offers, and will know the results next month.
I apologize for getting behind in my payments, but, as you can see, it was out of my control.
I can be reached at Phone Number or at Email Address if you have any further questions. I hope we can meet soon to agree on the terms of a loan modification.
Sincerely, Signature of Borrower Printed name of Borrower
Sample 2 - Loan Restructuring Request Letter
Name of Lending Institution Loss Mitigation Department Name of Person Mailing Address
To: Name of Person
Re: Restructuring of Mortgage Loan - Loan Number
Due to recent, serious changes in my health, I have lost income, which is the reason I am behind in making my mortgage payments. The financial situation of my family has deteriorated to the point where it has become difficult to maintain living expenses.
My wife has gotten a part-time job, and we would be able to continue making payments if they were smaller. We want to keep our home and fully intend to pay the mortgage, but we would like to renegotiate the terms of the home loan to avoid foreclosure and hope that you can help make this possible. If we could have a reduced interest rate, we would be able to afford the new payments.
I would be happy to discuss the situation with you at your earliest convenience and try to find a solution. Enclose please find doctor’s records concerning my disability as well as financial statements that demonstrate our reduced financial position. Please call me at any time at 555 123 4567 or send an email to [email protected]
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Borrower’s signature Borrower’s name List of enclosures
Sample 3 - Loan Restructuring Request Letter
Name of Borrower Address of Borrower City, State, Zip Code
Name of Lender Name of Lending Institution if Applicable Address of Lender or Institution City, State, Zip Code
Re: Restructuring of auto Loan - Loan Number
The aim of this letter is to reduce my automobile loan payments from AMOUNT to AMOUNT for the next six months. When I got the loan, my income was AMOUNT, but because of an illness, I lost my part-time job, so my income is only AMOUNT today. I have enclosed my medical report that clearly shows I was hospitalized for four days.
I am fully recovered from my illness and plan to get another part-time job to supplement the income from my work-at-home job. For the past two months, I have used my savings to maintain my car loan payments, but my savings account is almost empty.
I believe I can continue to make full payments in about six months starting on DATE if I can have some reduction in the amount I pay during that time. I request to reduce my payment by $150 from $400 per month to $250 per month for six months starting on DATE and ending on DATE. As of DATE, I will continue to pay the full $400 per month.
Thank you for considering my request. I can be reached at [Phone Number] or at [Email Address] if you have any questions or require any more documentation.
Sincerely, Signature of Borrower Printed Name of Borrower List of Enclosures: Medical report By Andre Bradley