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£42,000
Monthly Payments £250
Total Debt Repayable £15,000
64% Debt Write Off £27,000
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IVA - Individual Voluntary Arrangements

What is an IVA

An Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) is a formal debt solution that allows people with a serious debt problem, a chance to repay to their unsecured creditors only what they can afford and acts as an alternative to bankruptcy.

An IVA offers debt help to anyone who has debts of £10,000 or more, who is experiencing problems maintaining their personal financial commitments.

Receiving debt help through an IVA will reduce your financial burden by reducing your monthly debt repayments to an affordable level, whilst offering you the potential debt forgiveness of any unpaid debts at the successful conclusion of your IVA.

An IVA does this by providing you with a legally binding agreement that allows you to repay a reduced percentage of your original debt whilst, at the same time, protecting your assets such as your home.

IVA's are designed to help you with all types of unsecured debt problems, including problems you experience with paying back bank loans, credit cards, store cards, bank overdrafts and payday loans.

On the successful application of an IVA, and as part of an Individual Voluntary Arrangements legally binding terms and conditions, the interest on all debts included in the IVA must be frozen by the creditors, along with all late payment charges. This is particularly beneficial to cases where you have accrued large credits card or store card debts or have multiple payday loans.

How can an IVA help me

PROTECTS your assets, such as equity in your home, by preventing your creditors from forcing you to sell up in order to pay them back.
FREEZES all the interest payments on your unsecured debts including your credit cards and store cards.
WRITES-OFF any of the unsecured debt you can't afford to repay within a fixed time frame, immediately giving you light at the end of the tunnel.
PREVENTS legal action from being taken against you, removing the threat of bailiff action and bankruptcy.
TACKLES any unmanageable debt levels above £10,000 and deals with all your loans, credit cards, store cards and other unsecured debts in full.
STOPS late payment charges and fees, giving you the reassurance that your debt has stopped growing.

What should I be aware of with an IVA

CREDIT. Once you enter into an IVA your credit rating will be damaged for a total of 6 years, beginning at the date your IVA starts. Even if your IVA ends after 5 years, you will still find it difficult to obtain credit.
INSOLVENCY REGISTER. Like bankruptcy, an IVA is listed on the Insolvency Services Insolvency Register. Your name and details of your IVA will be record on the register for the duration of the IVA.
BUDGET. You will have to manage your finances within a fixed budget and you will not be able to borrow any money whilst the Individual Voluntary Arrangement is active.
BANKING. Your banking facilities will be restricted, you will have no overdraft or credit cards, but you will have access to internet banking and debit cards.
WINDFALL. If you have a change in your financial fortunes, such as enjoy a lottery win, you will expected to repay your original debts in full and may even become liable for some or all of the IVA's costs.

How long does an IVA last

For tenants, an IVA has a fixed time period, normally 5 years, after which the IVA is completed. Any outstanding unsecured debts still remaining at the end of the Individual Voluntary Arrangement are legally written off leaving the applicant legally "DEBT FREE". Click here to read more about IVAs for tenants.

For homeowners with equity in their property, it's slightly different. Your IVA payments will still be based on affordability, but your IVA will have an 'equity clause' added, outlining the conditions under which you will be required to introduce some of your equity at the end of your arrangement. If you have equity but can't release it you will be expected to add 12 payments to your IVA's original term, after which your outstanding unsecured debts will be legally written off. Click here to read more about IVAs for homeowners.

How do I apply for an IVA

You need to talk to the experts here at IVA.org

We've already helped thousands of people successfully apply for their Individual Voluntary Arrangement, and we are waiting to help you right now. We'll guide you through the whole IVA application process, making sure you receive the right IVA advice on all your debt solution alternatives before you commit yourself.

After all, that's the only way you can be confident that you're making an informed decision on whether an Individual Voluntary Arrangement is the best solution for you.

Our advisers are friendly, non-judgemental and extremely experienced in helping people come to understand the IVA debt solution.

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Individual Voluntary Arrangement Summary

Your Individual Voluntary Arrangement will allow you to reduce your normal monthly debt repayments to a single affordable monthly payment, including your credit cards and payday loans.

Your IVA will give you legal protection from your creditors, whilst you only repay what you can afford, giving you peace of mind and, once the IVA is agreed with your creditors, there will be no more CCJs and no bailiff visits.

Unlike an open-ended Debt Management Plan, your Individual Voluntary Arrangement will have a fixed time frame which is normally 5 years, giving you the assurance that there will be light at the end of the tunnel for your debt problem.

Once your IVA has been agreed by your creditors and, if you're a homeowner, after you have fulfilled your obligations under the IVA equity clause on the successful completion of your IVA, you're unsecured debts will be considered legally satisfied and you will be "DEBT FREE".

As part of the IVA process your IVA will be recorded on the Insolvency Register, a public record listing all the Bankruptcies Debt Relief Orders and IVAs in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. However, despite this, an IVA is often considered a more discrete solution than bankruptcy because it is not mentioned in the press.

Your IVA will give structure to your financial budget by helping you account for all your personal incomings and outgoings. Managing your own personal finances by keeping account of your financial position on a monthly basis will help rebuild your confidence in how to maintain your personal finances.

IVA.org offers helpful and practical IVA advice on the Individual Voluntary Arrangement debt solution. Discover if an IVA is the suitable solution for your debt problems