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We try to keep the jargon to zero but there are words that you will need to know the meaning of. Did you know the word "mortgage" means "death pledge" in Old French?! Spooky. Anyway use below to find words that you may not understand the meaning of. We got you.

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Secured Debt

A Secured Debt is simply a debt backed by collateral such as a property. If you default on the debt, there is security in place that the creditor has the right to take to satisfy the debt. Typical examples of secured debt are mortgages and car finance.


Mortgage shortfall

If your property is sold for less than you owe to your mortgage company, the remaining amount of the borrowing you owe is called the shortfall.

For example - If you have £150,000 left to pay on your mortgage and your property is repossessed then sold for £120,000. The shortfall is £30,000 (£150,000 - £120,000)

Car Finance shortfall

If your vehicle is sold for less than you owe to the car finance company, the remaining amount of the borrowing owed is called the shortfall.

For example - If you have £10,000 left to pay to clear your car finance and your vehicle is repossessed thensold for £7,000. The shortfall is £3,000 (£10,000 - £7,000)

Statute Barred

A Statute Barred Debt is simply a debt that can no longer be taken for legal action through court due to the fact that the time limit to take this action has passed.

Learn more about Statute Barred debts – what they are, how long until a debt is Statute Barred and more by typing “Statute Barred” in our search box.


In legal terms, a Stay is an action by the court to stop or suspend a legal proceeding, either temporarily or indefinitely.

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