(Individual Voluntary Arrangement)

An Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA) is a formal agreement between an individual and their creditors to repay all or part of their debts.

What You Need To Know

What Is An IVA?

  • A bespoke, legally binding agreement an individual makes with their Creditors.
  • Suitable for Sole Traders, Directors with Personal Guarantee issues and individuals with Credit Card/Bank debt.
  • Introduced by the Insolvency Act 1986.
  • Must be “Supervised” by a Licensed Insolvency Practitioner.
  • May involve making monthly affordable repayments to the Supervisor over a five year period, the realisation of an asset or a lump sum payment from a third party.
  • The Insolvency Practitioner writes to all the unsecured creditors with the individuals proposal.
  • An estimate is provided showing the likely outcome if the individual were to be made bankrupt.
  • The proposal may offer to repay creditors only a percentage of what they are owed with the balance being written off.
  • A decision procedure is then set, with creditors having the option to accept, reject or modify the proposal.
  • The proposal must be accepted by 75% in value of those unsecured creditors who vote.
  • Once accepted, the IVA is legally binding on all creditors including those who did not vote or voted to reject the proposal.

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The Small Print

What Are The Advantages Of IVA?

  • A proportion of the individual’s debts are written off and no interest is payable.
  • An individual can seek to exclude certain assets, such as their matrimonial home.
  • Protection from further legal action once the scheme is approved.
  • It includes both personal debts and business debts, as well as, for example, future debts due under finance agreements and shortfalls on properties.
  • Court protection can be obtained from the outset, if necessary, by obtaining an Interim Order.
  • Rather than making monthly payments over, say, 5 years it may be preferable to offer a one off payment, possibly from a third party.
  • Lower costs and better returns to Creditors than Bankruptcy.
  • No restrictions on the individual’s activities and not advertised, unlike in Bankruptcy.
  • Even after being made bankrupt it is possible to put forward a proposal for an IVA.
  • The terms can be varied, with creditor approval, if there is a change of the individual’s circumstances.

The Downside

What Are The Disadvantages Of IVA?

  • If payments are missed the IVA may fail which could lead to Bankruptcy.
  • Creditors may seek to impose onerous modifications to the original proposal, such as increasing a monthly contribution amount.
  • The Insolvency Service maintain a Register of Voluntary Arrangements which is accessed by credit reference agencies.
  • The duration of the IVA may exceed the period the individual would otherwise have been bankrupt.
  • Additionally, certain debts cannot be included, such as secured debts, child maintenance, student loans and fines.

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