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How To Stop A Repossession

Aug 13, 2008
This article will outline the steps you can take to stop your home being repossessed. It assumes that notice of eviction has been issued by the court bailiffs giving a date and when eviction will occur. If you are not sure if you are at this stage please contact the national debt helpline.

If you have been given a notice of eviction you may be able to stop this, but you must act quickly.

Which forms you need to fill out
If you need more time to sell, to find somewhere else to live, or want to make a revised offer to pay the arrears by monthly instalments you should apply for the warrant to be suspended on court form N244.You can pick up this form from your local county court.

When you fill in the N244 form remember to:

* Write the claim number of the case;
* Write the warrant number;
* Include the reason you have not been able to pay and your new offer (in part A on the front of the form);
* Tick the box in part B saying you rely on evidence in part C;
* Attach your personal budget or write it out on the form in in part C on the back of the form;
* Sign the statement of truth at the end of the form.

Do this as soon as possible to allow the court time to arrange a hearing.

The court will set a date for a hearing, usually before the eviction date. It is imperative you go to this hearing or the court is unlikely to suspend the warrant.

If any further warrants are issued at this hearing you may still be able to ask the court to suspend them (for example, to give you time to find somewhere else to live). If all your efforts to stay in the property fail, you will be given an eviction date.

When the bailiffs come
Bailiffs have the power to force their way into your home if they have to so you need to move out before this date if you have not been able to stop the eviction. If they arrive when you are there you will have very little time to pack up your belongings and will only be able to return to pack up a couple of weeks later. You will then have to get the lenders permission to enter the property again in the future and arrange to remove your furniture. Some lenders try to arguethat they can keep any belongings left in the house. It is safer so remove all that you can before the eviction date.

After your eviction your lender will still add interest to your mortgage until the property is sold. They are obliged by FSA rules to sell your home fast for the best price but in reality their need to get a quick sale to recover their money means that it is likely to sell a lot lower than the price you could receive on the open market. They may sell it anything from 15% - 40% below the market value of the property.

The proceeds from the sale are used to pay off the court costs, the estate agents and solicitors bills, the mortgage and any second or third mortgages. The lender must tell you in writing how the money has been spent.

When will the nightmare end?
They must send you any money which is left over but if not enough was raised on the sale of the property to pay off all secured debts and costs you will still owe money to the lender. Due to repossessed properties being sold below their market value this is all to common unfortunately.

You do not want to get to this situation so take action as soon as possible by trying to pay off the arrears, selling your property before you get evicted (so you get a better price) or selling and renting back your property so you can stay there.
About the Author
Carl Robinson is an experienced property consultant and investor. If you are considering sale and rent back visit Quick Home Buyers to obtain a Free no obligation sale and rent back offer and a Free report on how to avoid repossession.
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