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How will a DRO affect me

What happens after a debt relief order?

Your DRO will end 12 months after the date it was approved. The 12 months of the DRO are known as the ‘moratorium’. During this time you don’t make any payments towards the debts included in your DRO and your creditors can’t chase you for them.

Once the 12 months are over, if your situation hasn’t improved, the debts included in the debt relief order are written off.

You won’t receive notification that a DRO has ended, so it’s worth noting down the date it was originally approved.

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What can creditors do after my DRO ends?

When your debt relief order finishes, if your situation hasn’t improved, all of the debts included in your DRO will be written off. This means your creditors can’t take any further action to recover the money at any time in the future.

The DRO does not protect you from any new debts you may have taken out after your DRO was approved.

There are also certain debts that aren’t included in a DRO, and you’ll need to keep paying these.

Can you get credit after a debt relief order?

A debt relief order will stay on your credit file for six years from the date it was approved. This may make it difficult to take out credit during this time. Find out more about DROs and your credit file.

Will my DRO still be on the insolvency register?

When you enter into a DRO, if you live in England and Wales, it’s recorded on the Individual Insolvency Register. This is an online database that has information about bankruptcies, IVAs and DROs.

The Individual Insolvency Register can be searched online. When your DRO is approved, you’ll be added to the database. Your details will remain on the database for the duration of your DRO and three months after it has finished. This usually means that you’ll be on the register for about 15 months.

If you live in Northern Ireland, your details will be added to the public DRO Register. Your details will be removed from the register three months after the DRO ends, whether or not it's been successfully completed or revoked. How a DRO affects you.

How often can I apply for a debt relief order?

Once you’ve applied for a debt relief order and have had a successful application, you won’t be able to apply again for another for six years. This applies even if your previous DRO was cancelled after approval.

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