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What can people tell me about an IVA?

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MadamMemoo Wed 01-Jun-11 19:54:13

Have contacted the CCCS over our debts because we basically can't afford to pay them. They have recommend an IVA and reading about it on paper it seems to make sense.

It just scares me a bit and I wondered what others experiences were with them?

catkin83 Wed 08-Jun-11 22:32:10

Hi Madam,
My Dad and my DH's step-Dad have both had IVAs and for both of them they worked well.

They are much much better than bankruptcy and most of the debt actually gets written off. You only pay what you can afford each month for 5yrs.

I think the stressful bit is waiting for all the creditors to agree the IVA (actually I think it only has to be a majority of your creditors).
Good luck.

allthefires Thu 09-Jun-11 08:44:04

Ivas are actually only better than bankruptcy if you are not a home owner or have assets. There is money to be made from iva management and they are often encouraged to be a better option than bankruptcy. However as it's with cccs then it's likely they have considered whether bankruptcy would be better.

You need to be realistic with your budget as if you default the creditors can actually force bankruptcy.

catkin83 Thu 09-Jun-11 20:01:41

Isn't more to do with whether the debt is secured against a property or unsecured? In my Dad's case he was a homeowner but didn't lose the house with an IVA because the debt was all unsecured. If made bankrupt he would have lost the house.

TheRainInSpain Thu 09-Jun-11 20:19:55

My DH currently has an IVA and CCCS have been really helpful thoughout. We are home owners and the IVA has not affected that. Our income recently dropped dramatically and CCCS re negotiated the terms of the IVA so we are now paying less per month.The budget they have drawn up for us is also very fair, for example our budget for food shopping per month is £430.00 for four of us (me, DH and two young dc's).

Good luck with whatever you decide to do.

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