Payment Holidays — Do You Understand the Implications?

The financial effects of the pandemic have been severe on many of us, whether we’re acting as companies, landlords or individuals. One lifeline has been the ability to take “payment holidays” in the repayment of mortgages, loans or debts. This has been invaluable — but is it really the straightforward benefit it seems? Recent research by Resolver suggests it may not be. Payment Holidays Early in the
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Three Essential Steps Before Signing a Commercial Lease

Any legal document requires close scrutiny before you sign it, and this is certainly true of a commercial lease. The ideal solution would be to have the agreement drawn up by a commercial law solicitor working for you, who’ll ensure there are no nasty surprises. Often, however, your landlord will present you with a ready-made agreement. Most landlords won’t be trying to cheat you, but the agreement will have been dra
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Financing your business: What are the alternatives?

A guide to alternative business finance Setting up a business and funding it while it takes its first, unsteady steps in the world can be an expensive proposition. As it grows and becomes more resilient, a successful company will begin to be able to stand tall on its own 2 feet, but the initial infancy can be resource intensive. Traditionally, a business in need of finance walked into a bank and asked for it. Today,
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And they’re off! Election race starts against background of growing personal debt

The politicians seem to have been under starter’s orders for months now, but the general election chase is now under way with living standards being raised by Labour as a key issue against the coalition government. It looks as if earnings are beginning to grow, and household finance may just be improving for many people, though statistics suggest we’re only about back where we were before the financial crash. If ther
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7-2 vote brings interest rate rise closer

The news that two member of the Bank of England’s monetary policy committee voted in favour of an increase on interest rates at their August meeting would suggest that the historic low rates are nearing their end. We’ve written before about the possible impact of rising rates, however gradually, on businesses and consumers who are managing, just, their repayments. Once variable loan rates start to increase, whether o
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Warning: housing bubble risks a personal debt explosion

The governor of the Bank of England, Mark Carney, is clearly intent on keeping interest rates at their current low of 0.5% for as long as possible. Waiting until unemployment drops below 7% may delay an increase until 2016 or, at the market-predicted earliest, the first quarter of 2015. That’s good news for house buyers and some reassurance to people using individual voluntary arrangements or debt management plans to
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Chasing debt? There are limitations

One of the first questions I ask a new client asking for help in chasing an unpaid account is, how old is the debt? That’s because the law, specifically the Limitation Act 1980, sets time limits for starting court proceedings for recovery of the amount owed. The account becomes ‘statute barred’ in legal jargon. That does not mean the debt is wiped out, but we’ll come back to that. For unsecured debt, the law is reaso
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