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    • Grebbie212
    • By Grebbie212 10th Oct 17, 9:45 AM
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    6 Year IVA + 1 Year
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    • 10th Oct 17, 9:45 AM
    6 Year IVA + 1 Year 10th Oct 17 at 9:45 AM
    Hi there,

    Looking for some advice, in the next 2 months I finish a 6 Year IVA + 1 Year totalling 7 years of payments. Once I pay my last payment in December will I need to wait to sort my credit file out, as the IVA only stays on your file 6 Years from the start of your IVA. Would this mean also that my completion certificate would be sent out quicker rather than the 6 months that I have heard most people have waited for it?
    Iím looking to remortgage as soon as possible as our rate is a variable one and want to get tied into a decent one before interest rates rise. Will be able to do this sooner as IVA should be off of my credit file by now?

    If someone has had a similiar experience to mine, I would love to hear about what happened and how they steered there life back into reality again. Many thanks
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    • sourcrates
    • By sourcrates 13th Oct 17, 11:44 AM
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    • 13th Oct 17, 11:44 AM
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    • 13th Oct 17, 11:44 AM

    Everything associated with the IVA will be gone after 6 years.

    Your completion certificate is sent out at the discretion of your IP, and it can take up to six months, however you don't need it for anything, its just a simple A4 piece of paper with a date on it, that's it.
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    • Grebbie212
    • By Grebbie212 24th Oct 17, 8:43 AM
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    • 24th Oct 17, 8:43 AM
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    • 24th Oct 17, 8:43 AM
    Thanks for that, can I apply for a mortgage without the completion certificate and surely I canít close any open debits on my credit file without it, which in turn will stop me from getting a new mortgage?
    • memberme
    • By memberme 24th Oct 17, 10:08 AM
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    Hi, you don't need the certificate for a mortgage application. I would wait 2-3 months for your file to clear up a little before you start chasing creditor details still on your files. I had a 6 year iva and all but one existing creditor record cleared within 3 months post iva. the other one required a letter to their credit controller and was then removed. My certificate came within 2 weeks but some IP's do take months so there's no knowing that one. Ask you IP at the time when it may arrive. It doesn't look like a certificate, just details settlement and date. Also if you wait a year post iva my broker said you have better chance of getting a good deal on a mortgage but not sure on that one. use a broker definately though as they know which lenders will play ball with an ex IVA person. Our mortgage is with Barclays/Woolwich at a normal rate. Good luck
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    • 24th Oct 17, 11:15 AM
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    • 24th Oct 17, 11:15 AM
    Hi Grebbie212

    The latest a debt in your IVA can have been defaulted is the date the IVA started. As all debts drop off 6 years after the default date you should find no debts that were in your IVA will still be showing on your credit file.

    It's worth getting a copy from each credit agency to check. You can get a free copy for each agency from the following sites:

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