A reader asked: I've been told I have to give my IVA firm my online banking login details so they can see my bank statements. Why do I have to do this? Yet another thing they never tell you before you sign up. An Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) can be a good debt solution for some people but it is a long-term formal legal contract which may not have been clearly explained at the start. Or … [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 asked: I want to terminate my PCP car finance. The car's fine, good condition, but we now need a bigger car. According to my contract I can hand it back. But I am going to need to get another car, so I am worried this will harm my good credit record. Would part exchange be better? Your right to end a PCP contract early Personal Contract Purchase (PCP) is the most common way to buy … [Read more...]
A reader asked: We are desperate to end our IVA. So difficult. The IVA firm that seemed helpful at the start now after two years doesn't care about our extra costs. We have decided to sell and downsize. My wife is hoping for a discount but I said they were more likely to charge us more to get out early! We need as much equity as possible for the next house. This is a tricky situation. There … [Read more...]
A reader asked: I’ve just received a backdated Severe Disability Premium (ESA top up as on PIP too) and I am aiming to go bankrupt in May or June. I’ve been advised by a money advisor to use this money for essentials as I have just been given permanent accommodation having been homeless. No furniture came with the flat. I’ve been paying £1 a month to my creditors since last year. Should I … [Read more...]
A reader asked: My Noddle report shows some settled debts but one is shown as satisfied. I am sure I paid them all off in full. Does it make a difference and should I ask for this to be changed? … [Read more...]
A reader asked: In August 2011 a CCJ was registered against me by Lowell P1 for £211. I paid off the balance, but not within the month. I have bank statements to prove its been paid. On my credit report it shows the status as “active” even though I have paid it. I’ve contacted Lowell multiple times but they say as it’s an old case it’s no longer on their system and they can’t help me. I don’t … [Read more...]
A reader asked: "We went to see a mortgage adviser to check if we qualify for a mortgage. We are first time buyers, me and my husband have 4 credit cards each and loans. Because we have a lot of debt, he advised us to go to our respective banks for debt consolidation by taking up a loan each to make one payment on all our debts. He said that was the best option for now. Also in that way we … [Read more...]
A reader asked: My partner and I have a combined income of £54,000, We have a deposit of £20,000 (inheritance) and are looking to become first time buyers in a new build property at a price of £210,000. 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 … [Read more...]
A reader asked what a realistic monthly payment would be in a Debt Management Plan (DMP) covering £10,000 of debts. I think she was hoping for a simple answer... but there are three different aspects to consider and to be truly realistic a DMP has to tick all three boxes. If you would like an intro to debt management, read What is a DMP? Then, for more details, see my guide: DMPs - answering … [Read more...]
A reader asked: My sister has offered me £2,000 as she knows I have money problems. I have been in a Debt Management Plan for three years. It is a good idea to use this gift to offer a Full and Final settlement (F&F) on some of the DMP debts? F&Fs are explained in detail here. The simple answer is that this is almost always a good idea! In a F&F that 2k could potentially be … [Read more...]