1. Will my credit rating be affected in future?
We do not list you at any credit bureau. Your creditors list you and such listing could possibly negatively influence your credit rating.
When debt get settled, either by having paid it off or by prescription or written off, your credit bureau profile could change for the better, in terms of legislation.
2. Will you be in contact with all the creditors?
Yes. We correspond with your creditors, listed with us, and entertain telephonic queries with your creditors.
3. What is the time period for this?
Our services are rendered to you on a month to month basis for as long as you require our services and/or until your total debt is settled either by re structured payments or written off in terms of the prescription act or by creditors. We continually administer restructured payments with the aim to have debt obligations settled in the shortest possible time with the consumer's available funds. When you feel that you have rectified your financial position sufficiently you can withdraw and take over your own payments etc.
4. If possible, can we start end of next month as it is already end of this month.
You may start when it suits you as long as you do not delay it too long resulting in your creditors obtaining judgment against you.
5. Basically you will call all my creditors to make arrangements to lower the instalments, and you will pay all my creditors each month.
The Magistrates Court Act provides for undertakings to pay your debt in instalments or otherwise, in the form of offers, when you receive a letter of demand or were served with a summons demanding payment. We follow that procedure and initiate your offers to your creditors in terms of your affordability. We also manage your creditors payments with the intention to firstly bring judgment arrear instalments up to date and act in terms of our agreement to assist as per clause 2 and 3 above. Payments to your creditors are deferred to your creditors ex proceeds your available funds within five working days from date of receipt of such funds as per your instruction and agreement entered into.
6. By lowering the instalments, will you be extending the period, for examples the loans? If I have a six month's loan, will that be extended to one year for example?
We do not extend the period. The period is extended due to reduced payments. The period can be decreased where instalments are increased by you as and when your affordability allows for you to pay more. In other words, you pay less to give you breathing space until your finances improve.
7. Can I still use my accounts each month, for example my clothing accounts and revolving credit line credit cards?
That is for the creditor to decide, but often they do allow it as they know they will be paid even if a lesser amount, they will still be paid. I cannot talk for them though.
8. Can I still apply for credit if I need to?
Yes, it is possible but not advised. If you are over indebted, one should not make further debt unless such debt would settle existing debt at an interest rate less than the proposed settled debt. Financial institutions may not further over indebt consumers.
9. What are the restrictions of a client opting for this option?
No restrictions - you can terminate it at any time as you are not contractually bound. But the sensible thing would be to stick it out for at least a year. Maybe shorter, maybe longer, but everyone's situation is different. Remember the reason why you do it? When that is satisfied in your opinion you can move on.
10. If I decide I want to cancel this option, will I pay any cancellation/penalties fees?
No penalties, nor cancellation fees.
11. If I do decide to cancel, will I still be the paying the amounts you arranged with my creditors, or will my accounts all revert back to normal?
You would proceed with the offered instalments. They could however take advantage of the fact that you are not assisted by us and could consider Section 130 (3) (i) of the National Credit Act not being applicable and could lodge further legal proceedings.