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5 Scenarios Where An IVA Could Be The Best Solution

When deciding if an IVA is the right debt solution for you, it is important to consider your personal circumstances and priorities. Different debt solutions bring with them different qualifying criteria and obligations from you, should you enter into them. An IVA works by you making manageable payments towards your debts over a set period (typically 5 years), with any remaining included debt being written off upon completion of the arrangement. 

This guide will take you through some of the scenarios where an IVA could be the best solution.

1. You owe debts to multiple creditors

owing debt to multiple creditors

An IVA is typically suited for people that owe debts to multiple creditors. If you only owe money to a single creditor, you should contact them and ask about a more suitable repayment plan. A single debt is a lot easier to deal with and you can often come to some arrangement with your creditors without having to enter into a formal debt solution like an IVA. 

However, if you have multiple unsecured debts with different creditors, your situation is more complicated. Managing lots of different repayments is difficult and this is often how people lose control of their budget. An IVA will not only help you write off a portion of that debt, but it also allows you to make one single payment, which is then distributed amongst your creditors on your behalf. This makes it far easier to manage debts to multiple creditors.

2. You can afford monthly debt repayments

Before you enter into an IVA, your Insolvency Practitioner will assess your finances. Your income and essential expenditure will be reviewed to create a budget. This will then determine an affordable monthly repayment that you are able to make to all of your debts through the IVA. 

However, it’s important to consider your situation before you enter into an IVA. If you have a reliable source of income and you are confident that you can make the repayments on time each month, it is a good choice. An important factor when considering an IVA is that both you and the Insolvency Practitioner believe that the arrangement will be sustainable.

3. You owe more than £6,000 of unsecured debt

An IVA is designed for people that are unable to pay their unsecured debts within a reasonable timeframe (typically 6 years). If you owe a relatively small amount of money, you may be able to manage the situation with improved budgeting and informal agreements with your creditors. Fees are payable within an IVA, although these form part of your affordable monthly repayment. This means that creditors may not be inclined to agree to an IVA where your budget shows that you could potentially pay them back in full over a similar time period outside of an IVA where fees would not apply.

4. You work in the correct job

person dealing with finances for a job

In most cases, an IVA will not impact on your employment. However, there are some notable exceptions that you should be aware of. Certain jobs do not allow you to have an IVA. These are often jobs that involve handling money or being responsible for finances in some capacity. Examples can include jobs in:

  • Accountancy
  • Other financial services
  • Law

In some cases, jobs in other industries may not allow you to have an IVA. It is important to check your contract, or speak to your employer in whatever industry you are in before entering into an IVA if you are unsure. 

5. You don’t want to directly deal with your creditors

Many people find that one of the most stressful things about being in debt is the constant contact from creditors. If you owe money to a lot of people and you are getting a lot of phone calls and letters demanding payment, it can take a real toll on your life. Often people fail to deal with their debt properly because they don’t want to face all of their creditors and try to negotiate with them.

An IVA is ideal if you are in this situation because you do not have to deal directly with them. Your Insolvency Practitioner will help you draft an offer for your creditors and take it to them on your behalf. If there are any disputes about the offer, they will negotiate with creditors for you. All payments will be made to your Insolvency Practitioner too, and they will distribute them amongst your creditors. 

As soon as you enter into the IVA, you have legal protection and your creditors are no longer allowed to contact you for payment. Your Insolvency Practitioner becomes a liaison between you and your creditors. If dealing with creditors is becoming a major source of stress for you, an IVA could be the solution that you are looking for.

If you need some advice about whether an IVA is right for you, and what other debt solutions are available to you, get in touch with Swift Debt Help today and speak to a member of our expert team.

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