Will debt collectors come to my house?

10 May2021
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If you have been struggling with debt, the thought of debt collectors coming to your house can be a real worry. It always helps to know the facts - and your rights - in any given situation.

Lenders are very unlikely to call in debt collectors if you miss one payment. An external debt collector will usually only be called if your lenders can't reach an agreement with you - or they think they will be unable to reach an agreement with you for some time. At this point they might employ a debt collector to get the money for them, or they may sell the debt to a debt collector. This means that you would owe money to the debt collector, and not the original lender.

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What happens if they come to my house?

Although this thought can be intimidating, it is important to remember that debt collectors are required to follow a strict code of conduct. They are not bailiffs, so they do not have the legal power to force entry into your home - or pretend to be bailiffs.

Debt collectors can only come into your home if you have given them permission to. They are required to tell you the date and time that they will visit you. They are also required to make it clear who they are and why they are contacting you, and provide information about your debt. They must be clear about what action is being taken against you.

When they are in your home, they are required to leave the property if you ask them to. Unlike bailiffs, they are not allowed to gain entry to your house through an open door or window without your permission. They are not allowed to intimidate, threaten or harass you in an attempt to force you to repay what you owe.

How will I repay my debt?

It is often best to contact your debt collector or original lender, and make it clear that you intend to pay back the debt. Work out how much you can afford to pay towards your debts each month and offer this. Do not feel as though you should offer to pay more than you can afford - this could just leave you in the same situation somewhere down the line. If your lenders can see that this is all you can afford to pay - and this is the best way for them to get their money back - they are more likely to agree.

If you are not sure what to do, seek professional debt advice. They may be able to help you reach an agreement with your lenders - or recommend a debt solution that could help.

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