Definition of 'arrears'
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So you will still owe the arrears when the sentence is over. Say Goodbye to Debt (1994)They can suggest practical solutions to help work out a mortgage repayment plan and clear any arrears. The Sun (2008)Mattock reduced the arrears with a fine strike. Times, Sunday Times (2014)We are now two months in arrears on the rent and defaulting on our bank loans. Times, Sunday Times (2006)Councils defended their use of bankruptcy proceedings and bailiffs to collect council tax arrears. Times, Sunday Times (2009)She went shoplifting to raise cash to pay rent arrears and money owed to her boyfriend. The Sun (2015)He faced eviction for rent arrears and court action for unpaid council tax. The Sun (2011)And her worries multiply as she tries to deal with her rent arrears. The Sun (2012)It also said lenders should use payments from borrowers to clear their arrears before forcing them to pay charges. Times, Sunday Times (2010)This was a massive shock but it turned out we were in debt so we agreed to clear the arrears. The Sun (2015)Thousands of vulnerable people are being forced into bankruptcy as town halls use increasingly aggressive tactics to chase council tax arrears. Times, Sunday Times (2009)But he was in rent arrears. Times, Sunday Times (2013)The advantage of this is that only interest is payable on the sum of the arrears until the end of the term. Say Goodbye to Debt (1994)The 2007 figures will also reflect a sharp rise in mortgage arrears. Times, Sunday Times (2008)Utility bills, rent arrears and council tax may also be excluded. Times, Sunday Times (2008)These could be the mortgage, utility bills and council tax arrears. Times, Sunday Times (2009)We're spiralling into debt and in arrears with the rent. The Sun (2011)She has council tax arrears of 1,200. Times, Sunday Times (2009)These could be mortgage payments, utility bills and council tax arrears. Times, Sunday Times (2008)The couple cannot go out or do anything as a family because there is not a penny spare and their rent is in arrears. Times, Sunday Times (2012)She gradually sank further into debt with rent arrears, council tax debt and mounting bills on credit and store cards. Times, Sunday Times (2014)He has been accused of taking furniture from the riverside penthouse, wrecking carpets and flooring and owing thousands in rent arrears. The Sun (2012)At any one time perhaps 5% of borrowers are in arrears, with a higher percentage having been in arrears at some time since purchase. Home-ownership - differentiation and fragmentation (1990)You are then responsible for paying up to half of the total amount you originally owed, plus any arrears, charges owed and repair costs. Times, Sunday Times (2011)At least half a million borrowers will be three months in arrears by the end of the year, according to the CML. Times, Sunday Times (2009)
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Translations for 'arrears'
British English: arrears /əˈrɪəz/ NOUN
Arrears are amounts of money that someone owes. If someone is in arrears with regular payments, they have not paid them.
The arrears have been increasing in recent months.
- American English: arrears
- Arabic: مُتَأَخَّرات
- Brazilian Portuguese: dívidas
- Chinese: 欠账
- Croatian: zaostaci
- Czech: nedoplatky
- Danish: restance
- Dutch: achterstand
- European Spanish: atrasos
- Finnish: rästit
- French: arriéré
- German: Rückstände
- Greek: οφειλόμενα
- Italian: arretrati
- Japanese: 未払金
- Korean: 연체금
- Norwegian: (rest)gjeld
- Polish: zaległości
- European Portuguese: pagamentos em atraso
- Romanian: restanță
- Russian: долги
- Spanish: atrasos
- Swedish: resterande skulder
- Thai: เงินค้างชำระ
- Turkish: vadesi geçmiş borç
- Ukrainian: заборгованість
- Vietnamese: tiền nợ còn khất lại
Definition of arrears from the Collins English Dictionary
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