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How it works

An IVA is a formal debt solution that will put you back in control of your finances. You will make one affordable monthly payment to cover all of your unsecured debts for a fixed period of 5 years. At the end of this, any debt that hasn’t been repaid will be legally written off. Furthermore you have legal protection from your creditors during the IVA – this also means no further interest and charges can be added to the debts.

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Take a look at some more Frequently Asked Questions for more information

What is an IVA?

IVA stands for ‘Individual Voluntary Arrangement’; it is a legally binding contract between you and your creditors. Once your IVA is successfully completed, any outstanding amounts due to the creditors of your IVA are written off. Secured debts are not usually included in your IVA and will need to be paid as normal.

Will I qualify for an IVA?

An IVA is not suitable for everyone who is struggling to pay their debts. A number of elements have to be considered, including the amount you can afford to repay, how many creditors you owe money to and how long it would take you to pay your debts by other means.

How does an IVA differ from a Debt Management Plan?

Unlike a Debt Management Plan, an IVA is a legal agreement meaning that both you and your creditors must adhere to the terms of the agreement. Interest and charges are frozen on approval of the IVA. In a Debt Management plan you will have to pay your creditors in full. Potentially you may also have to pay interest and charges on the debts.

How much per month will I have to pay?

Your payment will depend on your personal circumstances. The amount is designed to be affordable for you whilst being acceptable to creditors. The amount will be agreed with you before contact is made with the creditors.

Do I have to pay any costs?

All the costs associated with your IVA are included in the payments you make in to it. Our fee is agreed by the creditors and taken from the payments to them as part of your IVA. Your IVA proposal will contain full details of our fees.

Will it affect my credit rating and will I ever be able to get credit again?

During your IVA, you will normally agree not to obtain further credit. Once your IVA has been successfully completed your Insolvency Practitioner will give you a certificate of completion. You will be able to send copies of the certificate to the credit agencies and request them to update your file. Any defaults and CCJs remain on your credit file for 6 years, therefore you will have 1 year left to go. After the IVA is finished, you can apply for credit but you may find this difficult.

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