We booked a DJ on March 2012 for our March 2013 and paid him $1000 in deposit, and today was the first time we heard from him after months and months of email and phone call attempts that he never returned. We've lost total confidence in him and don't feel like we can rely on him anymore. We want to terminate our contract, and, based on the advice of some of the lawyers here, will try to get our deposit back in small claims court.
The question is, how do we formally terminate the contract? From my understanding, we have to write him a formal cancellation letter? Also, on the contract, it says the following: "Cancellation within 6 months of the above event date requires payment of 50% of balance."
How can we avoid this?