In November 2023, MSE announced that its Credit Club report would soon switch to cover TransUnion data, not Experian data. MSE has told subscribers: The need-to-know change: Experian is stopping giving us access to its full credit report. So ... we’re moving to one of the other three big credit reference agencies, TransUnion. MSE has tried to dress this up - the first paragraph was headed The … [Read more...]
There is a lot talked about credit ratings on the Internet but it can be very confusing and sometimes even wrong!
If you can't make the proper payments to your debts, your credit rating will suffer. But different debt options affect your credit score in different ways, so I've written these articles looking at the details of each situation.
And most importantly, when will your credit rating improve and what can you do to help this.
See The top ways to check your credit records for details.
Keeping an eye on your credit record is a good idea, but how should you do it? There are more than 18 different ways to check your credit record! Which is confusing. And in late 2023, things have become more difficult as MSE's Credit Club is switching from reporting Experian data to using TransUnion data. So what are your options now - and importantly what are the best free … [Read more...]
A couple of readers have asked about mortgage fixes when they have a poor credit record or simply a lot of other debt: Ms A: We are in a DMP and we were told it would make it very hard to remortgage. So we are now on Santander’s SVR and it’s over 7%. Can we really just ask them for a new fix and they won’t say no? Mr B: I'm worried about talking to Nationwide when our current mortgage fix ends. … [Read more...]
A reader asked: My credit rating is very low. I missed payments on three debts five years ago after I was made redundant the previous year. They have default dates in a year or two later. Since lockdown I have been paying them off slowly. One was paid in full last year and another just repaid this month, but my score hasn't changed. One more is being paid £50 each month but that won't be … [Read more...]
Bankruptcy badly affects your credit record for six years. This article looks at what should show on your credit record after you are discharged from bankruptcy. For almost everyone, discharge happens after a year. But if lenders don't record bankruptcy and your discharge correctly, they will continue to damage your credit record for longer than they should. Even if you … [Read more...]
A reader asked: I've got a parking ticket in a car park which isn't right because you couldn't see the signs the way I went in. I've been sent a letter saying if I don't pay they will go to court and this will then show on my credit record. My partner says she got a speeding fine and that wasn't on her credit record. Are they lying to me? This article looks at what will happen if you don't pay a … [Read more...]
An IVA wrecks your credit record for at least six years. It can be longer than six years if your IVA doesn't complete within the 6 years, perhaps because you have had payment breaks. After your IVA finishes, in theory you don't need to do anything and all the problems will disappear from your record after the six year point... But it is important to check your IVA firm has closed down your … [Read more...]
In the last week, three readers have queried what they have been told about defaults and their credit record: Ms A: I have debts that have been defaulted for about 4 years. I have set up a debt management plan and Payplan say that if my debts are sold then the new debt company can place a brand new default on the loan and the default date would be when the new debt company (not the originator) … [Read more...]
A reader, Ms J asked about a CCJ that suddenly appeared on her credit report. "I check my credit record a couple of times a year and there is now a CCJ on there. It looks like it was added 2 months ago at an address I left ages ago, possibly 8 years. I don't even know if this is real or some sort of error. It's only a few hundred but I don't want to pay it if I don't have to and I don't know … [Read more...]
Klarna details will start to be added to TransUnion and Experian records from June 2022. TransUnion says: Incorporating this data into credit reports will support consumers that are using this type of point-of-sale finance, whilst also ensuring lenders have a comprehensive picture of a borrower’s financial position. But this year TransUnion will not be using the BNPL information when it … [Read more...]