What is an Individual Voluntary Arrangement?

The full form of IVA is Individual Voluntary arrangement. IVA is a formal agreement that allows you to pay off your debts easily. Through Individual Voluntary arrangement, you will be able to pay off your full debts usually within five to six years. IVA offers another option of payment called lump-sum IVA which allows you to make a one-off payment.

As per last year’s report, our IVA proposals were accepted by creditors immensely. Our IVAs are the best and can be the reason for the successful pay off of your debts.

Advantages of an IVA

There are several benefits of an IVA. To know more about them, check out the following points.

Application Process for an IVA

If you do not know how to apply for an IVA, here is the procedure.

  • Before you apply for an IVA, check whether you are eligible or not. To know that, you can refer to our free online advice tool or call us and we will arrange a meeting with our experts.

  • If IVA is the right solution for you then our company StepChange Voluntary Arrangements can guide you in the whole set up process.

  • Our team will verify your asset, budget, and condition and send the IVA proposal to your creditors.

Reason For Choosing StepChange Voluntary Arrangements

  • We are an award-winning IVA team.

  • Creditors acknowledged our 98% IVA proposals.

  • In 2017, £32m of our clients' debts were written off by the creditors.

Need Help With An IVA?

We regularly receive several questions related to an IVA. Here are some common IVA questions selected by our experts for your quick reference.

How do I Know an IVA is a Right Option for Me?

IVA helps to make a legal arrangement between you and your creditors. If the amount is affordable for you then IVA could be the right choice for you. To know whether you are eligible for an IVA, get help with our free, confidential online debt advice tool. As an IVA has several risks and you must know its consequences and check your personal and financial condition before you apply for this. If you need help then contact our debt advice.

Does an IVA Affect My Credit File?

Yes IVA can affect your credit file in various ways. IVAs allow you to pay off your debts over five to six years. You can also extend the time if you fail payments. During this time, you can not break any rules of the agreement and you have to maintain a restriction over your money. For more than £500 worth of credit, you have to get written permission from your IP. There is a public register called Individual Insolvency register where you can find the full details of individual voluntary arrangements.

What is the Cost of an IVA?

There are costs and fees involved with an IVA. Our IVA costs and fees maintain industry standards. We offer advice and support at Step change Voluntary Arrangements. The fees and costs of the IVA will be decided by you and your creditors. For some reason, if you do not want to continue an IVA with us, then you do not need to pay any fees for that. But there are companies who can charge fees so you better check and then go ahead.

How Does an IVA Affect My Job?

If you are a director of a company or in law and property roles then IVA can affect your job. Even IVA can hurt you if you are a financier or accountant or a pub licensee. So make sure before you go for it, you ask your hr team confidentially or get in touch with your professional membership body.

Can the Creditors still Connect With Me?

Once IVA begins and you start to pay off your debts, contact from your creditors will start to decrease. Sometimes you may get emails and letters from creditors which is normal. But if you get any threatening or any county court judgment then get in touch with us or contact your IVA supervisor as soon as possible.

Our Expert IVA Assistance

IVA is one of the best legally binding debt solutions but it has negative consequences. So before you go with an IVA make sure you have detailed information about it. Use our IVA guide section and our experts will guide you about the entire process.

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