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Granting respite for payment

Under the Act on the Execution of a Fine (672/2002), the Legal Register Centre can, on request, grant respite for the payment of claims under execution. Respite for payment can be granted both for fines and other claims.

In matters that have advanced to execution, granting respite for payment is decided on by the execution officer.

APPLYING FOR RESPITE FOR PAYMENT

The request can be made with a free-form application in writing after the receipt of a payment order from the Legal Register Centre. The application can also be written on the form designed for the purpose.

E-service form:

Application for respite

Paperform:

Application for respite.pdf (pdf, 0.08 Mt)



The application is to present:

  • the matter which the application concerns
  • motivated grounds for the request for respite
  • an account for the person's ability to pay and a proposal for the scheme of payment
  • contact data and signature

If necessary, the Legal Register Centre may ask the debtor or the execution officer for further clarification.

The application sends to address:

Legal Register Centre

Requests for respite

PB 157

13101 Hämeenlinna

GROUNDS FOR GRANTING RESPITE

When a debtor, due to illness, unemployment, military service or some equivalent reason, is unable to remit a payment immediately (by the date of maturity), he/she can be granted respite for the whole amount or part of it for a year at the most. For very weighty reasons, respite for payment can be granted even for a longer time.

Time for payment of damages which two or more parties are jointly liable to pay can only be granted for the total amount, not a per capita share.

PAYMENT SCHEME

Respite for payment of not more than a year can be granted without part payments. The condition for over a year's respite for payment is that the part payments are settled according to the payment scheme presented in the decision on the term of payment. Otherwise the agreement becomes void and the matter advances to execution. The term of payment and the size of the instalments are made, as far as possible, reasonable in proportion to the debtor's income.

REJECTION OF AN APPLICATION

Respite for payment is not granted if there is reason to assume that the debtor, despite being granted respite, will not fulfil his/her obligation to pay in full. Besides, the debtor's previous activity in attending to his/her matters of collection may be taken into account.

DECISION ON THE TERM OF PAYMENT

A matter on the term of payment is solved with a decision in writing in accordance with the Administrative Procedure Act. The matter will be settled as soon as possible, considering the urgency of the matter. The decision is mailed as an ordinary letter.

No appeal to the decision on the term of payment shall be allowed.

REVISION AND REVOCATION OF A DECISION

A decision on the term of payment may be revised or revoked

  • if the debtor fails to fulfil a condition contained in the decision
  • if it has become apparent that the debtor will not fulfil the condition or is unable to fulfil his/her obligation to pay
  • if there is otherwise a special reason for revision or revocation.

Inquiries: +358 29 56 65662

 
Published 30.6.2015