Payday Loan Debt Write-Off

If payday loans are building up, interest rates are climbing, and you don’t see a way to reasonably repay what you owe, then it’s natural to wonder if these debts can be written off. The good news is that we can help – potentially writing off up to 83.3% of what you owe.

How can I get rid of payday loan debt?

To get rid of payday loan debt, you have a couple of options. The first option, as mentioned, is to try and write off what you owe. By using a government-approved scheme called an IVA, it’s possible to write off substantial amounts while bringing your other debts under control.

Your other option is to use a scheme called ‘payday reclaim.

What is payday reclaim?

Payday reclaim firms came about after the fall of the UK’s largest payday loan company Wonga. Between 2018 and 2019, complaints about payday loan groups reached astronomical levels, with the Financial Ombudsman Service seeing a 130% increase in complaints.

Although the industry is under tighter controls now, payday reclaim groups aim to get you a refund on mis-sold payday loans. Therefore, if a provider issued you with a loan which you had no hope of repaying, then you may have grounds to get your money back.

With IVAs, on the other hand, your assets are protected.

One investigation by a British newspaper discovered that some payday reclaim firms took as much as 45% of a customer’s refund as a fee.

What happens if you can’t pay a payday loan?

If you can’t make the payments on a payday loan, then the lender may issue a late fee and increase interest on the account. Alternatively, through a system called ‘continuous payment authority’ (CPA), the payday loan provider may take money from your bank account. Of course, if you don’t have the funds to make a repayment this situation could push you into your overdraft.

If the payday loan required a guarantor, then the provider may take money from that person’s account instead of yours. Finally, in extreme cases, the lender may turn to a collection agency or bailiff company to reclaim what’s owed.

Therefore, the longer a payday loan remains unpaid, the worse the debt becomes.

How can an IVA help me clear my payday loan debt?

Payday loans can be included and resolved through an IVA. This debt solution is a legally binding agreement between you and your lenders which aims to repay as much as you can through affordable monthly payments.

As well as making your debts much more manageable, anything left outstanding at the end of an IVA is written off.

The average payday loan is £260 with 75% of customers taking out more than one of these loans a year. It is a form of debt which can get out of hand very quickly.

How payday loan debt write-off works

Writing off payday loan debt isn’t something which will happen overnight. An IVA generally lasts for at least five years so your debts won’t be written off until then. However, while the IVA is active, interest rates and charges are frozen.

This means your payday loan debts won’t increase during this time.

Once the IVA ends though, your debts will be written off.

Let’s discuss how we can help you

We hear about payday loans on a regular basis. Usually, it’s from people who’ve had no choice but to apply for one and then struggled under the debt. We’ve helped these people on the path to regaining financial control and can assist you as well.

For a no-obligation conversation about your circumstances, get in touch today. We can discuss your payday loan and determine if an IVA is the right solution for you.


Why choose us?

  • We help more than 500 people every day.
  • On average, we write off £13,500 per client.
  • 120 staff members are here and ready to support you.

Payday Loan Debt FAQs

Continuous payment authority explained

Continuous payment authority explained

During the approval process for a payday loan, covered in the terms and conditions, typically you will provide your credit or debit card details to the firm and authorise them to take regular payments. This is known as continuous payment authority.

If you fall behind on the payments, the CPA may mean that money you can’t spare still goes towards the lender. Furthermore, if account details change, there’s no guarantee the CPA will be updated in time.

Are payday loans unsecured debt?

Are payday loans unsecured debt?

Payday loans are a form of unsecured debt. This means, if unpaid, the consequences are generally less severe than other forms of arrears, such as council tax. However, this still means a payday loan provider can employ bailiffs or a debt collection company to reclaim what’s owed.

Getting a payday loan when in IVA

Getting a payday loan when in IVA

You will probably find it difficult to get a payday loan while in an IVA and, as a general rule, this is not advised. If you’re struggling and need additional financial support, you could speak with your IVA supervisor.