Cancel IVA if Unhappy

Cancel IVA if Unhappy

It is possible to cancel your IVA if you are unhappy. However there are certain implications that you will need to be aware of.

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Reasons you might Cancel your IVA

You might want to cancel your IVA for a number of reasons. One of the most common is if you have suffered a change of circumstances. As a result you can no longer afford the agreed payments.

Alternatively since you started the agreement you may have had more time to think about your options. It is possible that you now believe that there is a better way for you to solve your debt problem.

Finally you may be unhappy with the Company you are working with. It is not possible to transfer your IVA to a different provider. However you could cancel it and start again with a different provider if you wish.

If your income falls or expenses increase during your IVA you should speak to your IVA Company. It might be possible to reduce your payments and keep the Agreement going.

How to Cancel an IVA

If you have decided to cancel your IVA you can do so relatively easily. First stop your monthly payment by cancelling your standing order. You then need to tell the company managing the Arrangement you want them to fail it.

Generally you will have to confirm your instruction in writing. Most IVA companies will accept an e-mail but you might have to send a letter. They will then start the process of failing the Arrangement.

Once your IVA has been failed you will receive confirmation of this in writing. Because you are no longer in an IVA your details should be taken off the Insolvency Register.

Your IP is usually unable to fail your IVA until your payments are three months in arrears. During this time you are still protected from your creditors.

What happens to money paid into your IVA if you Cancel?

After you cancel your IVA your IP is allowed to draw their fees and costs from any money you paid into the Agreement. After these deductions any remaining money is paid to your creditors.

However it is likely that a considerable amount of the original debt you owed will remain outstanding. You are still liable for 100% of the outstanding balances.

Given this before you cancel you need to decide how you will manage the remaining debt. The options you might consider are a Debt Management Plan or Bankruptcy. However you could also start a new IVA

If you cancel an IVA within the first couple of years and your monthy payments were relatively low it is likely that all your original debt will remain outstanding.

If you Cancel an IVA do you have to go Bankrupt?

One of the concerns you might have about cancelling your IVA is whether or not you will be forced to go Bankrupt. In fact this would be very unusual. More often than not your creditors gain little or nothing by taking this course of action.

Even if you are a home owner your creditors will normally avoid making you bankrupt. They are far more likely to restart standard collection procedures against you such as employing debt collectors or applying for a CCJ.

The one exception is if you owe money to HMRC. They may have stipulated that if you do not meet the terms of your IVA you must be made bankrupt. If HMRC is a creditor you should not cancel your Arrangement before taking further advice.

Once your IVA has failed actually making yourself bankrupt could be a sensible option to consider particularly if you are not a home owner.

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104 thoughts on “Cancel IVA if Unhappy

    Lorrie says:

    I have an IVA at the moment but I am unhappy with the company. if I stop my iva and start again with another company would I definately be abke to get an iva approved again

      Hi Lorrie

      It is certainly possible to stop your IVA and start again with another company. The explanation given to the creditors would normally be along the lines that your circumstances have changed making the original agreement unsustainable.

      Remember, if you do cancel your current agreement, you would need to start a new IVA from the beginning. This means you would face 5-6 years more payments. Depending on the amount you are paying, most if not all of what you have already paid will be lost. It will be kept by your current IVA company to cover their costs and fees. As such your debt is likely to remain unchanged.

      For this reason, many people in your position also choose to go bankrupt rather than starting a new IVA. This is because in bankruptcy you only have to pay your surplus income towards your debts for 3 years rather than the 5-6 in a new IVA. If you are not a home owner, this is certainly an option to look at as well.

    Nigel says:

    Hello. I’m in an iva. I only owed about 11k I got that in an inheritance fromy father passing. I gave that into my iva. All I’m asking. Can I cancel my iva and get my money back because I could have paid off my debt with that bit I still have to keep paying into it for the next 4 years.

      Hi Nigel

      You can cancel your IVA. However, you will be able to get your money back. When you signed up for your IVA you agreed that where possible, you would pay back 100% of your debt plus the IVA company fees plus interest on your debt at 8% from the start date. As such where you get a large windfall like you have done, it is possible that you will end up replaying more than you owed.

      That said, if you cancel your IVA, a considerable amount of the money you have now paid into it should go towards your debts. As such you might still be better off cancelling and paying the balance owing to your creditors compared to continuing to pay for the next 4 years…..

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