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Getting a DRO

Do I qualify for a DRO?

There are strict qualifying criteria you must meet in order to apply for a debt relief order (DRO).

Debt relief orders are a debt solution suited to people with little income and few assets. In order to qualify for a DRO you’ll need to meet the following criteria.

What are the qualifying criteria for a DRO?

  • You must have no more than £50 left over each month after paying your household bills
  • You can’t own a vehicle that’s worth more than £1,000 – though vehicles adapted to help you with a physical disability are exempt from this cap
  • You must not be subject to any current bankruptcy or IVA proceedings or have had a DRO approved in the last six years
  • You can’t be a homeowner
  • You live in England, Wales or Northern Ireland
  • Your current qualifying debt balances must not total more than £20,000
  • You can’t own assets worth more than £1,000
  • You must have lived or run a business in England, Wales or Northern Ireland for the last three years

An official receiver will be assigned to deal with your DRO application. The official receiver can investigate your application and reject it if you have:

  • Given away a property or sold it for less than it’s worth in the last two years
  • Favoured any of your creditors by paying one more than others in the last two years

If you apply for a debt relief order (DRO) it’s an offence to mislead the official receiver about your situation.

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