An Individual Voluntary Agreement (IVA) is a formal, legal contract for a set period, usually five or six years. To finish your IVA sooner and have the remainder of your debts written off, you need to talk to your IVA firm, say how much you are offering and where the money is coming from. Your creditors will need to approve this offer. How much you should offer as a Full and Final (F&F) … [Read more...]
Articles about what happens in an IVA
This page, and the following ones, list all Debt Camel articles about the practical aspects of IVA - from what happens at your first annual review to what you can expect after you make your last payment.
What is an IVA and how do they work? gives an overview for anyone thinking of starting an IVA. IVAs are great options for some people, but they are too often "sold" as an easy, affordable option to people who have better alternatives for sorting out their debts. Do your research!
If you are interested in debt policy and news, look at the IVA News Archive.
If you get an email entitled LEGAL NOTICE OF ATTACHMENT OF EARNINGS that sounds very alarming... But this may be the start of a scam and the sender wants you to panic so you will make a bad decision. An example of a scam email Here is one such email: This is xxxxxx from CBL ( Collection Bailiffs Limited ). Hope you are doing well. I just would like to tell you that we have got a legal … [Read more...]
Cars on finance can be a big problem with an Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA). Sometimes they can cause difficulty getting the IVA approved. Sometimes you face a major problem when the car finance end. With more than a million cars a year in the UK being bought on finance, this is an increasingly common situation. And one that is being made worse in 2023 by the cost of getting a … [Read more...]
Many people have been mis-sold IVAs when they had a better (cheaper, quicker, less risky) debt option available. These other options were ignored or not properly described by some firms that should have given proper debt advice. IVAs are the only debt solution in England, Wales and Northern Ireland that generates large fees for the firms setting them up. These fees can distort debt advice given … [Read more...]
Are you in the last year of an IVA and have a house with equity? You may have to try to remortgage your house or get a secured loan to pay some of the equity into your IVA. This is called "equity release" This article looks at the questions people have about how equity release works in an IVA. If you are thinking about an IVA, you need to know about this before signing up. In 2023, most … [Read more...]
The IVA protocol, which applies to most new IVAs, says that in the last year of your IVA, if you have a house with equity, you may have to release equity by either remortgaging or getting a secured loan. Some of the proposed secured loans mentioned by Debt Camel readers and on other debt advice forums have been at very high interest rates - 16%, 19% or even 22%. And have been for terms ranging … [Read more...]
If you are in the last few months of your IVA, you will be looking forward to making that last payment. It may feel a lot like getting to the finishing line of a marathon - and you may not be running so much as staggering over it. But when should you cancel your standing order? How long does it take to get your completion certificate? And when exactly are your debts written off, and how long … [Read more...]
Quality Insolvency Services (QIS) went into administration on 23 November 2022. They are one of the larger IVA firms. It is estimated that there may be about 13,500 IVAs currently in progress at QIS and they were 5th in the Insolvency Service's table of IVAs registered in 2021: 1 Creditfix 17,758 21.90% 2 The Insolvency Group 10,962 13.5% 3 Hanover … [Read more...]
An IVA wrecks your credit record for at least six years. It can be longer than six years if your IVA doesn't complete within the 6 years, perhaps because you have had payment breaks. After your IVA finishes, in theory you don't need to do anything and all the problems will disappear from your record after the six year point... But it is important to check your IVA firm has closed down your … [Read more...]
Many people in an IVA are currently struggling because of the large rises in bills and prices in 2022. The Insolvency Service has now issued Guidance to support the IVA protocol. (That is confusingly laid out - look for the section headed 60) Guidance to support the IVA protocol for existing protocol compliant IVAs: 26 June 2022.) This sets out what extra help IVA firms should provide … [Read more...]