What Remains on Your Credit Report And For How Long?

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What Remains on Your Credit Report And For How Long?

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A credit report is a specific document that records your history with creditors and has a substantial effect on your future financial abilities. Having a ‘good’ credit report is regular as long as you pay your bills and debt repayments punctually. Having said that, overlooking a repayment on a bill or debt repayment can cause significant issues if you intend to acquire credit again in the future. In recent years, the rules have been remodelled to place a greater significance on favourable history such as paying your bills on schedule, but overwhelmingly, credit reports are utilised as a means for lenders to evaluate your capabilities to repay a loan by checking for any financial oversights you’ve made before. If you have made some financial errors, how long does this information remain on your credit report? What kinds of financial mistakes are more drastic than others? This blog will investigate these questions to give you a better understanding of how these documents work.

What Do Credit Reports Consist of

The following will list the type of information that is commonly found on your credit report:

Personal Information including your name, address, DOB and driver’s licence details

Joint applicant details if you’ve received credit jointly with another individual

Credit card information

Arrears brought up to date, for example, any overdue or unpaid debts that have since been settled

Defaults and other infringements for example missed minimum credit card repayments and loan repayments which are more than 60 days overdue

All credit applications

Debt agreements like bankruptcy, personal insolvency, and court judgements

Repayment history which is perhaps the most critical aspect of your credit report. It covers all credit accounts such as home loans, car loans, personal loans and credit card loans. Any missed repayments will contain information such as the due date, paid date, amount, and any part payments if applicable

Commercial credit applications such as any business or commercial loan applications

Report requests which lists all the lending institutions who have previously requested a copy of your credit report1

Credit Report Defaults

Defaults with creditors will be listed on your credit report and will impair your capacity to secure credit in the future, so it’s critical to recognise what constitutes a default on your credit report. If you cannot make a repayment on a debt, your lending institution has the capability to report your debt to a credit reporting agency who will then note this information on your credit report. However, lenders can only do this if the following conditions apply:

The default amount is $150 or more;

You’re a ‘confirmed missing debtor’ or ‘clearout’ which signifies the lender cannot contact you because you have changed your phone number and address;

The debt is equal to or more than 60 days overdue; and

The lender has asked you to pay the debt by either sending you written notice in the mail, or by asking you over the phone1

Your loan provider must inform you of any intents in lodging a report prior to doing this. Usually, your contract or service agreement will describe when a default can be made and reported to a credit reporting agency.

How Long Does A Default Remain On My Credit Report

Most of the time, a credit default will stay on your credit report for five years, but if a lending institution cannot contact you because you’ve changed your contact number and address (referred to as ‘clearout’), the consequences are more extreme and the default will continue to be on your credit report for seven years. It is necessary to keep in mind that even when you do repay an overdue debt, the default will nevertheless stay on your credit report, however the status will be updated to reflect that the debt has been settled. Every time you make an application for a loan, the loan provider will always inspect your credit report first and if there are any defaults, the financial institution can reject such loan applications. If this is the case, the lender must notify you that your application has been rejected based on your bad credit report.

As you can see, credit reports are serious documents that can significantly impact your borrowing capacity and financial flexibility. The majority of the time, credit reports are either a pass or a fail, so any default, despite how big or small, will be shown on your credit report for five years. Although there are measures to improve your credit rating (like paying your bills on schedule), creditors are really only interested in any defaults on your credit report and can reject a loan application based on a single default. If anything, this article highlights the importance of paying your bills and debt repayments on time, so if you end up with any financial difficulties and can’t pay your bills by their due date, reach out to Bankruptcy Experts Tamworth on 1300 795 575 for assistance, or visit their website for more information: www.bankruptcyexpertstamworth.com.au

 

Sources:

https://www.moneysmart.gov.au/borrowing-and-credit/borrowing-basics/credit-reports

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