The first thing to understand is that there is categorically no
guaranteed way to get interest frozen.
Each of your creditors has the right to refuse any change in the
details you initially agreed.
Therefore, all you can do is ask. Given that this is the case, it
follows that your success depends entirely on what and how you
ask. It will also be considerably influenced by how you have
presented your case generally in the other steps in this
series, and by the relationship you have with each creditor.
In the first in this series, on how to deal with your
creditors, you will remember that we pointed out that you are
not actually dealing directly with ABC Finance, or XZY Credit
Card, you are dealing directly with another human being who is
representing the entity which is your creditor.
Any request to freeze interest should logically accompany your
proposal to reduce payments.
You will need to compose your own request, in order to fit in
with your other material, but here are some pointers.
Remember that your letter with its request to freeze interest
will be dealt with by a human being. Make sure that your letter
"talks" to that person nicely.
Present a good reason why that person should consider your
It might help to point out that, bearing in mind these reduced
payments are all you can afford, it would be helpful if all of
each payment could be applied to the capital outstanding.
If interest continues to be added, with reduced payments, your
debt will take a long time to clear. Point out that you are keen
to clear the debt as soon as possible.
Rob Hawkins is the owner of
Debt Consolidation UK. His company Chiltern Debt Management UK has helped more than 50,000 people to get rid of debt problems, and won the coveted 'Debt Counsellor of the Year 2004' award.