What Is A Debt Relief Order

A Debt Relief Order (DRO) is a way of dealing with your debts if you can’t afford to pay them. It means you don’t have to pay certain kinds of debt for a specified period (usually 12 months). At the end of the DRO period, the debts included in it will be written off (‘discharged’) and you won’t have to pay them. You must meet the criteria below:
  • owe £20,000 or less
  • Don’t own your own home
  • Don’t have other assets or things of value over £1,000
  • Don't have a disposable income of more than £50 per month
You don't have to make payments towards most types of debt included in your DRO and your creditors can’t force you to pay off the debts. A DRO usually lasts a year unless your situation improves. When the DRO ends, most of your debts will be written off. You’ll need to speak to a special DRO adviser who will help you fill in an application to the official receiver. The adviser can’t charge you for their time but there's a £90 fee to make a DRO application.

Do You Qualify?

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