I'm on a DRO and I'm still getting statements from creditors
Some of your creditors may still send you statements to show you how much of your debt is still outstanding. You don't need to worry about these. Some creditors have to send statements to comply with their legal duties under the Consumer Credit Act but you don't need to pay them anything.
I'm on a DRO and still getting interest and charges added to my debts
The statements may show that interest is being applied to your debt. This is because your creditor doesn't have to stop your interest and charges even when your debt relief order has been approved.
This won't affect you as all the debts included in your DRO – including any interest added to them – are written off at the end of the 12 months moratorium period.
If your DRO is cancelled for any reason, you'll need to repay the debt plus any interest or charges they've added.
My debt’s been sold to a collection agency
Some creditors may pass your debt to a collection agency during your DRO moratorium period. The collection agency that gets your debt may not be aware that you have a DRO.
The official receiver who oversees your DRO won't write to the new creditor to let them know you have a DRO. You'll need to let this new company know and you can do this by sending them a copy of your approval letter as proof that the debt’s included in your DRO. They could also check the Insolvency Register themselves, or they can ask the original creditor who would have been told about the DRO.
What your creditors can't do if you're on a DRO
There are certain things that your creditors can't do:
- Contact you to ask for payment
- Take you to court
- Send a debt collector to your home
If any of the creditors listed in your DRO application do any of these then you should remind them about your DRO. If they still carry on doing these things after you've reminded them then you should contact the DRO team at the Insolvency Service. They'll take this up with the creditor.