Understanding your credit report
Certain aspects of your credit report should be scrutinised because they may be incorrect, resulting in a low score.
- Examine all of the open accounts. There are two situations in which an account may be marked as "open" without your knowledge. The lending institution may have failed to communicate the account's closure.
- It's possible that the open account isn't yours. If any of the above errors are discovered, file a dispute with the credit rating agency.
- Check the status of your accounts: If any of your accounts are marked as "written-off" or "settled," lenders may take a dim view of you. Check to see if any accounts have been incorrectly tagged and, if necessary, file a dispute.
- Examine the credit record for each action: Any entry in the payment history other than '000' or 'XXX' under the Years Past Due section indicates that you have missed some payments. Along with that, remember to pay your bills on time. This can significantly improve your credit score. However, a minimum of 6-8 months is needed to see a change in your credit rating.
Actions to be taken
Since the order to provide feedback that can affect a credit report has already been discussed, here are the steps that can be taken in each case.After identifying this same inaccurate information, you can file a dispute on the website of the credit agency in question. No changes are made to your report if lenders re-confirm that the report is accurate. In this case, you must actually communicate with the lender to obtain clarity.
- Defaulting Payments: If you missed a payment due to genuine economic difficulties, job loss, or an unforeseeable circumstance, you can repay the amount when your situation improves. It is also suggested that you inform the lender about your financial situation so that the lender does not take additional legal actions that could harm your credit history.
- International and domestic relocation When relocating, it is just as necessary to transfer your loan as well as credit card accounts as it would be to transfer your savings account. Make sure to notify your lenders of your relocation plans. Otherwise, you may wind up paying a fortune in late fees, service charges, and missed payments. Your credit score will also suffer as a result of this. It is critical to keep your savings account connected to your credit card or loan socially engaged at all times, including after the resettlement.
- Disputes with a lender about charges or annual fees: There may be various fees associated with the credit card or loan you intend to apply for. Some may be obligated to pay only once, while others will be required to pay on a regular basis, such as the rate of interest, penalty, processing charge, servicing charge, issuing charge, annual fee, substitute charge, transfer charge, pre-closure fee, and others. You must understand when and how each of them applies. If you did not pay attention to this when signing up and eventually disagreed with the charges, it will have an impact on your credit score.
- Non-receipt of the statement: Even though you did not receive the credit card statement, you may not have paid the due amount. However, the terms and conditions state that you must pay the outstanding amount regardless of whether or not you receive the declaration. Your rationale for non-payment will not be considered legitimate. If you do not pay the balance, you will be charged a late payment fee as well as a service charge. Try to resolve the problem as soon as possible so that it does not have an effect on the decisions.
- Disputes with a lender on account of fraud: If you discover a fraud claim mentioned in the story, contact the lender in question. The lender investigates your complaint in order to make a final decision. Resolve such disagreements as soon as possible so that they do not leave a mark on one's credit report.