A married couple came to us with an Investment property in significant negative equity with a leading UK Bank. This property had a mortgage outstanding of £62,617.14. However, the property only had a nominal value of £15,000, leaving them in a significant negative equity position of approximately £47,617.14.
The background to this case was that our client’s investment property had been unoccupied for over 2 years as it was in a bad state of repair due to a number of break-ins to the property. Our client’s didn’t have the necessary funds to cover the cost of the repair work to make the property habitual; however, they still fully maintained the monthly mortgage payment.
Unfortunately, our client’s struggled to sustain this monthly mortgage payment on top of their residential mortgage payment and other household costs. Subsequently, the current process was just not financially sustainable in the long-term. As a result, our clients were left with little option but to seek professional advice and, therefore, they were referred by their estate agent to GDP Equity Experts.
Upon reviewing our clients’ financial information, it was obvious from the start that they had no repayment capacity for repaying the anticipated shortfall. Our team proposed a consensual sale to the bank and we appointed an agent to sell the property, thus achieving the best sale price for the clients and for the bank. After a number of months, and in agreement with the bank, the property sold for £15,000.
Following the sale of the property, it was time to mediate with the bank directly, in which they requested a monthly repayment proposal to pay back the amount in full. However, with little or no income, this was simply not an option. When our clients find themselves in this position they have three options;
2. Individual Voluntary Arrangement
At GDP Equity Experts, we normally advocate mediation as we believe it is the best option not only for our clients, but also for the banks.
In this case, we took the mediation step and proposed a full and final settlement offer in respect of the outstanding debt. Having borrowed funds from friends and family, our clients were in a position to offer a full and final settlement totaling £3,000, which would go towards the total mortgage shortfall which was £45,393.68 after selling costs.
The bank accepted our offer which was a fantastic result for our team at GDP Equity Experts but more importantly it was a fantastic result for our clients, meaning they could move on with their lives.
This case is an example of what can happen when someone asks for help when it comes to debt. People are still reluctant to discuss the issue of debt, or find it embarrassing as they believe that they are the only people if this situation. But they are not alone!
Many believe that a debt write off is impossible, so if this is you then read this case again, or check out some of our other success stories and find out for yourself that it is possible.
Creditor: Leading UK Bank owed £45,393.68 (unsecured debt after investment property sale)
Proposed Solution: Full and final settlement proposal
GDP Mediated Settlement: Creditors accepted £3,000 in full and final settlement (equating to 6.66p in the £)
Settled: November 2018
What we can do to help?
Since 2010, GDP Equity Experts have helped hundreds of families, individuals and businesses deal with debt related issues. We have been leading the way in this regulated area over the last 8 years and have particular expertise in helping people deal with crippling debt related issues.
This debt has included various debt related areas such as loan sales to Private Equity Firms, debt shortfalls following the sale of a property and general unsecured debt such as credit cards and loans.
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