A reader asked: I work in a Finance Department and I am worried I will be called by a debt collector about a credit card. Can I say I don't want them to call me at work? This is a common worry. Whatever your job, you don't want your manager or your colleagues to know you have money problems. It could be a lender or a debt collector, it could be an overdue bill or a debt. Creditors should … [Read more...]
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.
A reader has a very common situation: I have £12,000 of debt on a couple of credit cards and a catalogue. Is a loan the best way to sort this out as soon as possible? It's not possible to answer that without a lot more details... but let's explore the options and see what makes some ways better for some people. Why do you want to do this? There are three main reasons: you are fed up with … [Read more...]
A reader asks: Help! I have just been made redundant and I don't know how I am going manage, especially as we have debts. I'm only getting a few weeks redundancy pay. What should I do? Every week seems to bring more news of businesses closing down completely or chain stores and supermarkets shutting branches. It's not just the big names like House of Fraser, Carillion and now Thomas Cook. When … [Read more...]
A reader, Mrs J, asked: Since February my husband has started to receive letters from WageDay Advance, Satsuma and QuickQuid saying that he has loans with them that need repaying. He doesn’t have any loans. We have sent Prove It letters to all three. We have now had letters saying that WageDay Advance and QuickQuid have passed the account to debt collectors. In addition, he has now had a … [Read more...]
A reader who has settled his Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) early asked: My IVA is still showing on my credit history. The start date was January 2014. I have been removed from the Insolvency Register. I have now [mid 2018] been told that I have to wait for another 18 months before the IVA will be removed. Is that right? I am sure you have heard it all before but none of this was in … [Read more...]
A reader, Mr D, asked: I had a mortgage shortfall from 2006 after my house was repossessed by Natwest. As a mortgage shortfall stays on file for 12 years, I decided to make a Full and Final settlement offer in January this year which they accepted and which has now been paid. Now with both Equifax and Experian, the account has disappeared, it doesn't appear in my open or closed accounts. … [Read more...]
A reader, Mr G, asked: I’ve had a lot of overtime recently covering for someone at work who was very ill. This has come in handy as it coincided with my wife’s maternity leave and the extra expense of a child. Will my IVA expect me to pay them the overtime money after my annual review in a couple of months? Overtime and IVAs As with many questions about Individual Voluntary … [Read more...]
A reader if there is an easy way to find out which payday lenders he used a few years ago. This is a really common question. Many people who had big problems with payday loans before 2015 ended up switching bank accounts, as it was the only way to stop the lenders emptying their account when they were paid. Some people even changed email addresses and phone numbers to escape from the payday … [Read more...]
A reader asked: I have a debt with a default date 30 April 2013. I was paying the debt for about a year then stopped as the default would always be on my file in any case. Will the debt drop off in 2019, or will it extend to 2020 as I was paying it for a year? Do settled accounts affect your credit score? The simple answer is that all defaults drop off your credit record after six years, but … [Read more...]
Steve asked: I have received £4000 from a payday loan refund. I have a £2500 loan with Amigo, £1500 left on a Likely Loans loan, a £2000 overdraft and 750 x 2 on credit cards. (Limit 800 on each). My dilemma is not knowing how to spend the £4000 in order to boost my credit score. Which is the most damaging and needs paying first? Although your situation won't be the same as Steve's, you may be … [Read more...]