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What Happens To Your Property After Repossession?

Mar 12, 2008
Unfortunately, there may be circumstances that occur when you are unable to pay for certain properties such as your home or car. If you do not make your payments on the property for a period of time, it can be repossessed. The repossession of the property is where the owner or lender can take back the property you are purchasing for lack of payment. So exactly what happens to your property after repossession? Below is a breakdown of what to expect from the day of repossession until the property is sold.

* Keep in mind your property cannot be repossessed without advance written notice. If they repossess your property without advanced written notice, you then have 15 days in which you can buy back the property by paying the payments you are behind on, such as well as the storage fees if applicable, and any charges for repossession or defaults that are in compliance with your contract.

* If the letter followed the proper procedure and gave you written notice, you can still get your property back but only if you and the lender agreed to the same arrangement. This may require you to refinance the entire property immediately to pay off the old debt. You may be able to keep the property by calling the lender and working out a payment arrangement. If they do not work out a payment arrangement or you are not able to come up with refinancing, then the property may be sold.

* It is in your best interest to contact an attorney to help you through this process so you know exactly what your rights are and if they are being violated. Once the sale is completed the lender will take the money that was made from the sale to pay off your debts and if there is any money left over, then that money must be returned to you. That is why it is important to seek the advice of an attorney to be sure that they're doing what is right by you and the property. In the case of repossession of a car, the lender can sell the car and if they do not get the amount to cover the debt you owe them, you may still owe them additional money. You would owe what is left after the sale of the item. If the car is worth 5,000 but you owe 10,000 on it, you would then be responsible to pay a difference of what you owe and what it was sold for.

* If it is a home that is being repossessed then the lender must either sue you for the money or sell the property, they cannot do both. They must also give you 10 days written notice as to when the sale day is. You can still get your item back up until the date of the sale. This allows you to work out some type of arrangement with the lender or creditor or by refinancing the entire property and paying off the old debt.
About the Author
Derek Rogers is a freelance writer who represents a number of UK businesses. When it comes to helping individuals stop house repossession, he recommends Property Buyers.
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