Vulture Funds and Third Party Debt Collectors
Failure to pay your mortgage can lead to it being sold to a vulture fund or passed to a debt collection agency. These companies are agressive and can make your life a misery. Not to mention the repossession of assets, inlcuding your home.
Often the first letter sends many people into a frenzy however, with the right advice – there are options available, with the right help.
Read on to find out more.
It is extremely common for people struggling to pay their mortgage in Cyprus to hear that their best option is to simply leave and return to the UK. Many different sources who provide you with advice will tell you that you can forget about everything. This is not the case. If you have taken this approach, you may find that your debt has been sold on to a third party, such as a ‘vulture fund’.
Whether it has been a year or a decade since you stopped paying for your property, there is a good chance one of these funds will become involved.
The first you will know of this sale is likely to be in the form of an official (and often threatening) letter. These letters come from the vulture fund directly or, often, from a solicitor operating on their behalf in your home country.
Why Your Debt has Been Sold…
Cypriot banks are notoriously slow, especially regarding the recovery of debt. If you have stopped paying your mortgage, it can be a long time before you hear from your lender, making it an extremely worrying time when you receive a threatening letter in the post.
Due to their inability to collect these debts, many banks turn to vulture funds. By selling debts onto these funds, they can get rid of ‘bad’ debt. Vulture funds are designed solely to recover money, making them far more effective and economical.
“What if I receive a letter from a Vulture Fund?”
Big, bold writing, underlined text and lots of red notices are common features in these letters. They are designed to scare you into thinking that you have no option but to pay for everything they are asking for.
Once your loan has been sold, a vulture fund can change the terms of the agreement. They can demand larger repayments or even a complete repayment along with adding interest or charges.
Why Vulture Funds Are Different from Banks
These funds are more efficient, more aggressive and more commercial in their approach to debt collection. Once you receive communications from a third party, you can expect:
- More aggressive pursual tactics – Vulture Funds use more aggressive techniques to harass borrowers, this will include threatening letters, calls, emails and texts.
- Your UK assets becoming at risk, especially regarding 2nd charges on UK homes – lenders can work across jurisdictions to put your home at risk.
- Rising costs – As your case goes on, the Vulture Fund will add additional costs, legal fees, and compound interest
You can read more about how Vulture Funds pursue borrowers in their home countries here.
Ignoring a Vulture Fund will only make them less receptive to offers down the line. The situation will also have progressed, making it harder to halt legal action & negotiate with your best interests in mind.
EU Property Solutions can assess your situation during a free initial consultation with no obligations. We understand how Vulture Funds work, and most importantly, we know how to help you. We have helped hundreds of clients escape from Vulture Funds.
Call us today on 0330 124 1230 or email us at [email protected]. We can provide solutions for any foreign property issues. Don’t believe us? Click here to listen to some of the people we have achieved life-changing settlements for.
Can My Debt Be Sold?
Unfortunately, your lender does not have to follow any processes or ask your permission. Once you have missed payments or defaulted, your lender can do as they please. This includes selling debt, recovery action or employing collection agents.
Can I Ignore Vulture Funds?
If you ignore a Vulture Fund, you can expect them to become less receptive to offers down the line. The situation will also have progressed, making it harder to halt legal action & negotiate with your best interests in mind and finally, they will become more likely to chase you across jurisdictions.
Why Should I Trust EU Property Solutions?
For over a decade, we have been helping people in exactly the same situation you find yourself in. We understand that you have probably been lied to by the bank, developers, and estate agents. If our amazing results don’t say enough for themselves, check out some of our testimonials or call our office and speak to a team member. You can even chat with previous clients of ours over the phone!
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This helps us understand exactly what you need and helps you understand the best options available to solve your property debt issues.