We understand that you must be getting rude and threatening calls from lenders. Our suggestions would be to do the following. Document your finances and look for sources of income. If you are able to write this email you have access to the net and can find some source of income at least temporarily.Â
Secondly write down what you owe in a simple table â€” one column for your borrowings (credit cards, personal loans, home loan etc), second column, amount payable, third for monthly EMI, and finally a list a all your monthly expenditure (rent, living expenses, other liabilities, food etc) and all your assets. You would be surprised at how solutions can be found once you have a list.Â
Please do not rush to seek expensive loans against gold etc.Â In fact you have to work at getting rid of your more expensive loans and consolidating others. What is of primary importance is that you demonstrate a willingness to pay and make an active effort to start finding a job.Â
Finally see guidance. I would also say, seek FREE guidance and donâ€™t go to any of the credit fixers who will promise to eliminate your problem for a fat fee. If you are in Mumbai, contact Moneylife at (022) 4920 5000 orÂ [email protected]Â to fix an appointment for Thursday between 5-7 pm when you can meet a counselor. If you are not in Mumbai, you can call the above number on a Thursday and ask to speak to a counselor over phone.
If you are in Delhi contact centres like Disha run by ICICI bank. They will help you organise your loans and find a way out.Â
But you have to be determined and work at it â€” otherwise you will cause long term damage to your credit history and borrowing ability.Â
All the best and we hope you come out of your problems quickly.
Sucheta Dalal Trustee - Moneylife Foundation
Abhay Datar Abhay Datar is a consumer activist and is also Member of the Managing Committee of Mumbai Grahak Panchayat (MGP). He was Treasurer at MGP for over two and a half years. After working at Bank of Baroda for about 29 years, he retired as IT Manager. After retirement, Mr Datar joined Consumer Guidance Cell of MGP in 2008 and solved many cases related to banking including online fraudulent transactions, misuse of credit cards and ATM cards. Also handled cases related to mobile and mediclaim. Mr Data
Suresh Prabhu Mr Prabhu retired as Senior Vice President from HDFC Bank
R Bhuvaneswari After serving Bank of Baroda for almost 40 years, Ms Bhuvaneshwari retired as Chief Manager in 2013.
Yogesh Sapkale Yogesh Sapkale is Deputy Editor of Moneylife and writes on finance, credit related issues
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