A reader, Mr D, asked: My partner and I have a combined income of £56,000, We have a deposit of £28,000 (inheritance) and are looking to become first time buyers at a price of £230,000. We have defaulted debts that are being paid off, and previous history of payday loans from over 2 years ago from a time when our financial situation was much more difficult. The defaults are about 18 months … [Read more...]
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Readers have asked a huge variety of questions in the comments below Debt Camel articles. From credit ratings and mortgages to payday loan refunds and IVAs...
Some of them needed such long replies that I have turned them into the articles that are gathered here.
"I have three credit cards, all maxed out. I am only paying the minimum amounts each month as I can't afford more. What are my options as this will take forever and cost a lot in interest?" A lot of people may be in a similar situation. If your credit cards are all at their limit but you have no spare money to reduce this, your options depend on how good the rest of your finances are. This … [Read more...]
A reader asked if he should offer a £1 a month token payment to his debts, wondering if his creditors would ever accept it. The simple answer is that you should make token payments offers: TO non priority debts WHEN it is all you can afford. BUT if you don't expect your situation will improve soon, you may have better debt options. In 2021 millions of people can't afford the normal debt … [Read more...]
A reader asked if she should sign up to Experian's Boost. Are any disadvantages? Would it really help her credit score? Experian's new Boost facility was introduced in the UK in November 2020: it can increase your Experian Credit Score by a maximum of 101 points; it is set up so it can never harm your credit score. Hundreds of thousands of people have used it. Let's see how it … [Read more...]
Mr M asked: I am trying to build my credit score but feel I am getting nowhere. I had 2 accounts in default which I paid about 1 year ago. My bills are paid on time. I have a Capital One credit card with a £200 limit. I always get £50 worth of petrol on the last Friday of every month and pay it manually a few days later. But I got an email from Credit Karma saying "When your last report came … [Read more...]
A reader asked about a friend who is looking at an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA): Mr X is 23 and owes just over 10k on various credit cards and loans. He earns £20k and hopes to get a £10k bonus this year. The IVA firm says the bonus doesn’t matter as it's not guaranteed. But won't the IVA take half of it? Would it be better if he got a job with a larger basic salary and no bonus, or … [Read more...]
A reader asked what she should do as her reasonable Full & Final settlement offer had been rejected. It's going to seem obvious, but the creditor rejected the offer because it didn't seem reasonable to them. You may think "I paid off the amount I borrowed ages ago, their interest is too high" or "They probably bought this debt for pennies, so they should be happy to accept 20%" but … [Read more...]
A reader asked: "A friend said not to pay my defaulted debts off but save money towards a deposit for a mortgage - is this a good idea?" It's often unwise to rely on friends for debt advice... They may be guessing, their situation may have been quite different from yours, or they may be assuming what happened to them years ago is still useful today. And in this case, the friend may know … [Read more...]
Abby is pregnant and worried she won't be able to afford the monthly IVA payments: My IVA was set up at the start of 2020. There are four debts in it, totalling £13,000. All the debts date from a previous relationship, my new partner doesn't have a debt problem. My IVA payments are £90 a month. I've managed so far, but I now need to buy things for the baby - cot, buggy etc. We are renting and … [Read more...]
A reader asked: I have fairly recently got an Aqua card with a limit of £1,900. Credit Karma suggests this is low and a higher limit (with low utilisation) reflects well with lenders. I’ve only just had a credit limit with Aqua so can't get another one soon. But I could be added as a secondary cardholder on my partner’s credit card. This is her idea – she has a limit of almost £10k. She never … [Read more...]