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    • hmczippy
    • By hmczippy 10th Jul 17, 4:19 PM
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    What to do? DRO or IVA
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    • 10th Jul 17, 4:19 PM
    What to do? DRO or IVA 10th Jul 17 at 4:19 PM
    Hi Everyone

    I am due to speak to Step Change having completed an online assessment. I currently qualify for a DRO, having only £24 left after basic essentials. I am only temping at the moment however I am looking for permanent work on a salary that will hopefully increase my income to £200 more a month. Although my circumstances haven't changed YET, I am nervous about going for a DRO because they are likely to change. I rent privately and I am expecting my landlord to increase the rent in October by £100. If this happens then it will leave me with £124 left a month which means I won't qualify for a DRO.

    So that leaves me with the option of an IVA? Should I go for the IVA straight away or risk the DRO option and hope that I only have less than £50 left over in 12 months time?

    What would my IVA repayments likely be? I obviously can't afford much at the moment.

    My debt is £15,000

    Thank you
    Last edited by hmczippy; 10-07-2017 at 4:41 PM. Reason: Forgot to say - My debt is £15,000
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    • worried16
    • By worried16 10th Jul 17, 10:28 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 10:28 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 10:28 PM
    As far as I am aware you need to have reasonably high surplus available for IVA. Remember, once you start work, your expenses will probably go up too
    • sourcrates
    • By sourcrates 10th Jul 17, 10:55 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 10:55 PM
    Keep temping for a year, do the DRO, get rid of your debt, then look for better work.

    It's only 12 months, you don't want to be tied down to an IVA for 6 years, at present you would not qualify for the IVA anyway, as you could not afford the payments.
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    • #4
    • 11th Jul 17, 3:21 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 3:21 PM
    Hi hmczippy

    It’s very important to think about how your circumstances may change before entering into a DRO. If you think there is a good chance you won’t meet all of the DRO conditions for the 12 months it lasts it is unlikely to be your best option. Should the DRO fail you will not be allowed to apply for another one for 6 years.

    It also doesn’t sound like you will qualify for an IVA right now as you don’t have enough spare money available. Another option could be to start by self negotiating reduced payments and a freeze on interest, wait until you find permanent work and then reassess your situation. Good luck with the job hunt.

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    • hmczippy
    • By hmczippy 11th Jul 17, 4:02 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 4:02 PM
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    Wonderful advice, thank you. I really didn't want to enter into an IVA anyway. My credit rating is shot to pieces, so a DRO would be fine. I will have a think about reducing payments for now to see how my employment gets on or go for the DRO. To be honest I've had these debts for so many years and they've not shifted so a DRO does seem like my best option.
    • fatbelly
    • By fatbelly 11th Jul 17, 10:17 PM
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    I agree with you. If there's no reason to fear insolvency, try a DRO.

    The worst outcome would be that it gets revoked. You would have lost £90 but still have had protection from enforcement for X plus 3 months (you normally get notification of revocation).

    I guess the only thing you need to take into account is that if you do need another DRO in 6 years you would not be able to get one.
    • Johnsmith2016
    • By Johnsmith2016 26th Jul 17, 6:46 AM
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    • 26th Jul 17, 6:46 AM
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    • 26th Jul 17, 6:46 AM
    Do DRO and temp for 12 months. Why drag something out for 5yr.
    • debtdepressed
    • By debtdepressed 27th Jul 17, 2:24 PM
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    • 27th Jul 17, 2:24 PM
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    • 27th Jul 17, 2:24 PM
    Hi All

    Just looking at options if dro fails. Whats the min payment accepted for IVA on debts of around £14k. Can an IVA be done with monthly payments of £50. I am getting so desperate i dont care if i can get my debts wrote off or have to pay, i just need a solution asap before i have a mental breakdown. Im pregnant and not eating or sleeping, i cannot carry on like this for another few months.
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