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Aktiv Kapital Debt Collectors – Do You Need to Pay?

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· Jan 22nd, 2024
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Are Aktiv Kapital Debt Collectors contacting you and you have no idea who they are?

Are you being threatened because of the money you owe but you have no means to pay it back? Are you feeling stressed and worried about escalating debts?

Read this article, as we provide you with lots of tips on dealing with debt collectors, as well as your debt in general.

Could you legally write off some debt?

There are several debt solutions in the UK, choosing the right one for you could write off some of your unaffordable debt, but the wrong one may be expensive and drawn out.

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How much debt do you have?

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Why do Aktiv Kapital Debt Collectors keep contacting you?

You may be wondering why Aktiv Kapital Debt Collectors keep contacting you, especially if you don’t believe you owe them any money.

The reason they are contacting you is that they have bought your debt from another company, and they want to get it back. After all, your payments are the only way they will make any profit back.

This will go a long way to explaining why they are so determined to reach you. They may call you incessantly to get in touch, and now you know why. They need to ensure you make payments, otherwise, they have wasted their money buying the debt in the first place.

Is it your debt?

The first thing you need to do when contacted by Aktiv Kapital Debt Collectors is to make sure this is your debt and that the amount is correct.

The way to do this is to ask the debt collection agents to provide you with a copy of the original credit agreement. If they can’t do this, there is probably a reason why, and you shouldn’t just pay the debt without any proof.

UK Personal Debt 2021 Update:
As of April 2021, the average UK credit card debt was £1,928

(Source: The Money Charity)

What Happens If I Don’t Pay My Debts?

We’ve all wondered – what exactly will happen if you stop paying off your debts? Well, the answer is a whole lot of bother.

  1. Your creditor will send you reminders and then demand to get you to pay any missed payments.
  2. If you don’t pay, your account will default.
  3. If you still don’t pay your debts, your creditor can choose to sell your debt to a debt collection agency or employ an agency to chase you for the missed payments. This is where Aktiv Kapital will come in.
  4. If you don’t pay the collectors, your creditor or the collection agency might be able to take legal action against you to get their money back. Legal action usually starts with a CCJ.

Keep in mind that a lot of these stressful stages can be avoided altogether if you communicate with your creditors or debt collectors. Agreeing on an alternative payment plan is much cheaper for them than taking you to court – good communication can mean you avoid legal action completely.

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What if you can’t pay?

If you have written confirmation that you owe the debt, it is best to try to pay it off, or at least make a partial payment.

If neither of these is an option, another alternative is to set up a repayment plan to pay off your debt. This will take longer, but it is a more affordable option.

Do you have too much debt?

Sometimes there is just no way of paying your debt if the debt is too high and you don’t have enough money coming in. In these cases, you might want to look for some assistance, and the best option is to choose a not-for-profit organization.

There is a range of options when it comes to not-for-profit organizations that offer debt advice, and these are a few of the best options.

  • Citizens Advice Bureau (CAB) is one of the most popular organizations for providing help and assistance with day-to-day issues, including debt worries.
  • StepChange has free online debt advice for people to get help with their debt problems.

How a debt solution could help

Some debt solutions can:

  1. Stop nasty calls from creditors
  2. Freeze interest and charges
  3. Reduce your monthly payments

A few debt solutions can even result in writing off some of your debt.

Here’s an example:


Situation

Monthly income £2,504
Monthly expenses £2,345
Total debt £32,049

Monthly debt repayments

Before £587
After £158

£429 reduction in monthly payments

If you want to learn what debt solutions are available to you, click the button below to get started.

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Can you ever get rid of your debt?

If you have debts that Aktiv Kapital are chasing and you can’t afford to pay, you might want to consider a debt solution.

There are several different debt solutions available in the UK, so I recommend speaking to a debt charity as soon as possible. Their advisors will be able to look at your finances in detail and help you work out which debt solution will work best for you.

I have linked a few charities that offer these advisory services for free below.

Debt Management Plan (DMP)

A DMP is an informal debt solution that lets you pay off your debts via a single monthly payment.

Because it is informal, it is not legally binding so you are not tied into a DMP for a minimum number of payments.

Individual Voluntary Arrangement (IVA)

An IVA is a formal agreement between you and your creditors. You agree to pay a monthly sum that is distributed amongst your debts, and your creditors agree not to contact you during your IVA.

IVAs typically last for 5 or 6 years, and any outstanding debt is wiped off when it ends.

Keep in mind that IVAs are not suitable for everyone. You need to owe several thousand pounds to more than one creditor to be eligible. You also need to demonstrate that you have some disposable income every month.

Trust Deed

IVAs are not available in Scotland. Instead, you will need to opt for a Trust Deed.

Trust Deeds work in the same way as an IVA – you pay an agreed sum each month that is shared amongst your creditors, they can’t contact you, and any leftover debt at the end of your Trust Deed term is written off.

Debt Relief Order (DRO)

A DRO is a good option for those facing financial hardship with no assets and little income.

For 12 months, you make no payments, but your creditors freeze your interest and don’t contact you.

If your finances haven’t improved during this year, you may be able to write off your unsecured debts.

Bankruptcy

If you have debts but no realistic possibility of ever paying them off, you may need to declare bankruptcy.

Bankruptcy has an unfair stigma attached to it as it may be your only way of getting a financial fresh start. That said, it is a serious financial situation that should not be taken lightly.

Sequestration

Sequestration is the Scottish version of bankruptcy.

If you have little income and no valuable assets, you may be able to apply for a minimal asset process bankruptcy (MAP). A MAP is a quicker, cheaper, and more straightforward version of sequestration, so worth considering.

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How do I make a complaint against Aktiv Kapital Debt Recovery?

If you think that Aktiv Kaptial has been unreasonable or behaved inappropriately, you can make a complaint. You can also make a complaint if you feel that they have broken any of the Financial Conduct Authority’s (FCA) guidelines.

Make your first complaint to Aktiv Kapital so that they have the chance to sort out the issue themselves. If you feel that they have not taken your complaint seriously enough or have not addressed your issue properly, you can escalate matters.

You can make any secondary complaint to the Financial Ombudsman Service (FOS). They will investigate and, if your complaint is upheld, Aktiv Kapital may be fined. You could even be owed compensation.

Aktiv Kapital Debt Recovery Contact Details

Website: www.aktivkapital.co.uk
Phone: 0808 196 5550
Text: 07860 094994
Email: [email protected]
Post: PRA Group (UK) Limited, Halo Enterprise & Innovation Centre, Hill Street, Kilmarnock, KA3 1HA

Will They Give Up Chasing?

After all that you might be wondering whether you can just wait it out and hope they stop chasing you.

Sadly, that’s probably not going to happen. Most debt collectors are persistent.

debt collector chased debt

Source: Moneysavingexpert

As you can see Robinson Way starting to chase a debtor mere days after their mortgage application and a full 12 years after the debt was originally chased.

Other agencies like Lowell Group, Portfolio Recovery and Cabot Financial are constantly being accused of buying Statute Barred debts and then chasing people for payment.

Could you legally write off some debt?

Answer below to get started.

How much debt do you have?

This isn’t a full fact find, MoneyNerd doesn’t give advice. We work with The Debt Advice Service who provide information about your options.

References

CONC 7.3 Treatment of customers in default or arrears (including repossessions): lenders, owners and debt collectors

CONC 7.9 Contact with customers

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MoneyNerd’s founder, Scott Nelson, has a decade of financial industry experience, including 6 years in FCA regulated loan and credit card companies. Troubled by a lack of conscience in the industry, he founded MoneyNerd to give genuine advice to those in debt and struggling financially.
Janine Marsh Profile Picture
Debt Expert
Janine Marsh is an award-winning presenter and a valuable member of the MoneyNerd team. With a wealth of experience as a financial expert, she's been featured on BBC Radio 4, BBC Local Radio, and BBC Five Live, and is a regular on Co-op Radio.