Termination Letter

Termination letter – A brief with Format & how to write Notice of termination


Termination letter is given to employee by employer on breach of contract, non performance or bad conduct. Notice of termination can be provided to employee with immediate effect or after serving the notice period depending on the severity of the issue and the employee’s state.

A termination letter is an official written apprising breaking the professional relationship on ground of misconduct, unsatisfied services or breaking the agreement protocols leading to the negative business impact on all involved parties. It can be referred as the formal mode to convey the dissatisfaction against another involved party over an action. Termination letters are legally approved and while writing, one should be aware about it. The letter should have a humble approach and personal issues should not be mentioned. 

Being a important document, for the termination process, it is expected to furnish all major required details such as reasons – violation of Terms & Conditions or non-performance, recipient details, any additional action (if decided, along with the termination) very clearly, makes it termination letter for cause. As it will be inspected by the target party, if required, the letter or email will be parsed by the lawyers and jurors during their discussions to evaluate its validity in the sense whether the reasons are proved explained in it, based upon the fact – it will conclude the decision.

For the party, initiating the termination process, it is necessary to execute notice of termination very carefully, by keeping in mind the company policies and the local laws, any improper or careless actions may lead to illegal termination lawsuit costing the precious time and money. It might be concluded with large fines and cancellation of termination.

The letter of termination can be sent over the email also, which is preferred all around and ensures the message delivered at the right place.

How to write a termination letter ?

While writing the termination letter over an email, one must keep in mind the following pointed difference in termination letter format, which has been discussed below

  1. It is preferred to write the Sender’s details such as: Name, Designation, relation with the target party (whether Vendor or Customer etc.), to get recognized in the context. But in case of sending the letter via an email, it is not needed at all. Sender’s email and Sender’s designation (at the Signature) is sufficient to get recognized.

  2. Similarly, while sending the termination letter through email, it is not required to mention Date, as email sending date is considered the letter date, but it is required to write termination date separately, which will be written in letter body.

  3. No need to specify the subject separately in the email body as the subject or context of the email will be specified in the subject attribute of the email. However, while sending the letter in hard copy, it is recommended to write the subject, in the letter body.

  4. It is also not recommended to mention about the recipient details like address, phone number in the email as these details are preferred to be mentioned in the hard copy of the letter. As today in the era of advanced technology, most of us has e-mail (considered as an e-Address), which is unique and mail sent to an email id is considered safe with assured delivery at the correct destination. 

Today, for all kinds of business (B2B or B2C), for the termination process, serving the termination notice through either of the medium (Hard Copy or Soft Copy) is mandatory and getting used widely. Please refer the termination letter samples for various contexts:

  • Termination letter for student – In the field of education, an educational institution, can issue a termination letter, on the ground of poor academic performance or involvement in any unlawful activity etc. It is very essential; the institution must mention the reason on ground of which the decision of termination has been taken along with the effective date, institution name, full name and designation of the issuing authority. The letter must be addressed to the parents / guardian of the concerned student, because the students are subject to depression or temperamental trouble, so it must be ensured to get it conveyed to them in a convincing way, which parents can do.

Please refer the sample –Termination letter for students.

  • Service Termination Letter -  As the name suggests, this nature of termination letter is used for Business to Business type of dealing, where all the participating parties under a common agreement, terminate a service agreement due to the various issues faced. The reasons may be late payments, excessive work etc. by the client. The letter must be addressed to the company head with the exact date of termination and proper reason. It is necessary, the letter must reflect the politeness as well as respect.

Please refer the sample letter – Service Termination Letter.

  • Termination of Employment Contract Letter – Before terminating an employee’s employment because of unsatisfactory performance and/or conduct, a formal notice of termination of employment must be issued addressing the employee, with all required information – such as reason of termination, any additional action (if any) etc.

Following points must be kept in mind, before drafting a:

  • As per requirement by the geographical law.

  • The employee is believed to be ineligible for the employment / job.

  • Termination to be informed to the employee.

  • If employer want to pass along information about owed compensation and benefits.

  • To have a record of the termination in case of a lawsuit.

Please refer the sample letter – Employment Contract Termination Letter

  • Vendor Contract Termination LetterThis kind of letter is addressed to a vendor, offering services, by supplying goods, for terminating any contract with them due to any kind of disagreement or issues in the supply of the goods such as irregular supply, quality issues etc. To settle due payments and have the process in record the letter must contain the effective date, from which the termination of the services is effective along with a clear description of the reason for termination.

Please refer the sample letter – Vendor Contract Termination Letter

  • Insurance Termination Letter An Insurance Termination Letter is generally issued by the insurance provider to the client on non-receipt of any mandatory information or wrong information supplied, to cancel any kind of policy. Exact reason along with the termination date is mentioned in the letter, to convey the client about the same. The letter must be very formal, free from any offensive or abusive words. The letter written, must show due regret and respect to the existing / prospect customer, ending with thanks and best wishes.

Please refer the sample letter – Insurance Termination Letter

  • Early Lease Termination Letter  An early lease termination letter is written, to terminate the habitation of a tenant, soliciting to leave the place within a particular time (mentioned in the letter). The authority, must mention the reason for “Early Lease Termination” clearly, in a very polite manner. It is suggested to end the letter with proper thanksgiving and possibly, a suggestion for a new location on rent.

Please refer the sample letter – Early Lease Termination Letter

  • Rental Termination Letter  Sometimes, to get the house back, the owner of the house, may terminate the existing lease contract by issuing a “Rental Termination Letter”. The letter must reflect humbleness and no personal issues to be mentioned.

Please refer the sample letter – Rental Termination Letter

Find Notice of Termination Letter Format with Free Sample Template available in Doc & PDF for quick & easy use:



Job Termination Letter



                                                                                                                      Date: _________


Name of the employee
Designation _____________


Dear Mr. Ms. ____________,
I am writing with a wish to terminate my working relationship with your company. Please take this letter as my official resignation from my position as Sales Manager for the company.  My leaving date will be 1st December, this covering by law the thirty days notice I must give you in order to be entitled to my leaving benefits.


I wish to state that there is a lot of unrest within the company and it is not only me who has not been happy in recent months working for the company but there more inside as well. This year we did not receive the pay rise that by law we should, and to make matters worse, our working hours and conditions have been changed and made it even worsened.


I am writing this as a warning that many other members of staff are thinking of taking similar action as me. I have secured a job in a different company, which I wish to remain anonymous, one which will give me both a better salary as well as working conditions.

Therefore, consider this letter is mine Job termination letter and would request you to please clear my accounts at the earliest.

Yours Faithfully,


Name of the person




Format Of Termination Letter



  •  Date_________

  • Mr./ Ms. ____________
  • ___________________
  • ___________________
  • ___________________

  • Dear,


This has reference to our letter dated _________ through which we had asked you report back to duty within 48 hours of receipt of this letter. The letter has been delivered to you on _____________. However, neither you have reported back to duty nor has there been any communication from your end regarding your absence.


With this background we regret to inform you that we are forced to remove your name from the rolls of the company with immediate effect.


We request you to contact the accounts department 7 days after the receipt of this letter for the settlement of your dues, if any.

  • For Company name

  • Name:
  • Designation:

  • Regards,
  • Name__________

















Simple Termination Letter






Mr. / Ms. ___________


City – Pincode


Ref: Termination Letter

Dear ABC

It has been observed by the Management that your performance is not up to the mark. Hence your services are not required by the Management.


As per clause _______ of your appointment order dated ________, either party should give two months notice for terminating the services.


Accordingly, the management issue two months notice and you will be relieved from our services w.e.f. ____________.  Please make a note of it.


Thanking you, 


For GHKJ Limited,




Name, Manager (P&A)

CC:  1. President,

         2. Vice President (F)



Contract Termination Letter



Date: ………..


Your Name

Your Address

Your Contract Details



Contract Person


Company Name

Company Address

Subject: Contract Termination Letter.


Dear Sir/Madam,


I am writing this letter to confirm that as of (Date you wish to end the contract), I will no longer need to use the services of (Company Name). For economic reasons, I have decided to avail of the services of another company. I have always been pleased with the service your company has offered and it is my wish that we part on good terms,


Since this termination letter is within the notice period mentioned in our agreement I trust that I will not charged any cancellation fees. Please feel free to contact me about any questions you may have regarding the cancellation of our agreement. Thank you.



Best Wishes,



Your Signature





Smith Adams


New Horizon Public School

22/56 – 20 Feet Road

New York




Date – 29/09/2017



David C. Fernandes

22, Oakridge Colony

Los Angeles



Subject: Termination of your ward


Dear Mr./Mrs. Fernandes,


Through this letter, I am very sorry to inform you that your ward, Benjamin D. Fernandes, studying in class Xth, recorded with Roll Number – XXXXXX has been suspended from the school.

As informed to you earlier (with letter number – 22/2017-18; Date – 22nd March 2017), your ward has been continuously found to be indulged in several illegal activities within the premises. We have not observed any improvement in his behavior and such cases have only increased. We are unable to go smooth with occurrence of these incidents as these incidents not only tarnish impression but also the name of our institution, for which we are recognized.     Identifying the risk created by your ward, our Internal discipline committee, headed by me, has decided to terminate your ward with immediate effect, and it is in this regards that we request your understanding and cooperation. However, it has also been decided, to allow him a week, to vacate the hostel and paying the dues (if any).

We hope that you recognize our concern. If you need any further information or assistance, do contact me at my mobile number – (+1) XXXXXXXXXX.

Thanking you for your cooperation.


Smith Adams


New Horizon Public School

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