If you have had problems with debt, you may have had a default added to your credit record. The date of this default matters, so you need to know it exactly on all three credit reference agencies, see How to check your credit record for details. The rule is: the debt and the default will then be deleted from your credit record six years later after the first default. For example, if you have … [Read more...]
Defaults on your credit records
This page lists the main Debt Camel articles about defaults on your credit record, answering questions such as Can you get rid of a default? and Is the default date right?
Of course you often also need to tackle the debts themselves, your credit record may not be the most important thing to worry about. See Articles about old debts which looks at your various options, including whether a debt is "time barred".
A reader asked if starting to pay a defaulted account will help his credit score. The simple answer is No! But there are very good reasons why paying defaulted debts will improve your general credit situation, making it easier for you to get a loan, a mortgage or a credit card in future. That credit rating number isn't the only thing that matters! To start, it's good to know what your credit … [Read more...]
Mr N has asked: On checking my credit score I have two defaults on my account both with the same creditor. First default was on 11/11 and the second 08/13 for a total of £1,750. I am now able to get back on track and get a loan to pay this in full. If I write to the debt collector and say I can pay this off and they give me their guarantee to put fully settled on my credit record, is this the … [Read more...]
A reader asked: My Noddle report shows some settled debts but one is shown as satisfied. I am sure I paid them all off in full. Does it make a difference and should I ask for this to be changed? … [Read more...]
A reader asked " I had some defaults on my credit record. The oldest one has just dropped off. It was over £7000 which I had repaid under a full and final settlement agreement. The other default left have three or four years left before they fall off but I've settled them all in full and they were also smaller than the first one that has gone. I thought with the big, partially settled debt … [Read more...]
A reader asked: My partner and I have a combined income of £54,000, We have a deposit of £20,000 (inheritance) and are looking to become first time buyers in a new build property at a price of £210,000. We have defaulted debts that are being paid off, and previous history of payday loans from over 2 years ago from a time when our financial situation was much more difficult. The defaults are … [Read more...]
This is a very common question. It's sometimes asked because someone's situation has improved and they are trying to clean up old problems on their credit history as fast as possible. Sometimes it is because the borrower feels that the default was unfair in some way. In this article I look at different scenarios to see what - if anything - can be done for each of them. But first, there is no … [Read more...]
If its been four or five years since you stopped making payments to a debt and you haven't been making any payments, you may be wondering if your debt has got lost or the debt collector has forgotten about it. This article looks at what is likely to happen. If you have been making payments, even very small ones, to an old debt this article isn't relevant for you - instead read Should I keep … [Read more...]