How to Remove Old Debts From Credit Report
Your credit report determines whether you can benefit from loans and credit, and a poor credit score automatically reduces your chance for credit and loans. Collection accounts stay on your credit report for up to seven years, while chapter seven bankruptcies remain for ten years.
Sometimes, the collections are not automatically deleted when their time is due. Such errors will reflect your credit report and present a bad image to your creditors. You can take several steps to improve your credit score and delete overdue collections.
Disputing a credit report can take longer than necessary, dragging your negative created score even further. DoNotPay helps you in three easy steps. Simply sign up on our website and utilize our Clean Credit Report product.
How Do I Remove Old Debt From My Credit Report?
Older debts should be automatically erased from your history after their maturity, but sometimes errors occur, and the debts are not deleted. If old debts are still showing on your credit report, you do not have to live with them.
Here is how to remove :
1. Get All Your Credit Reports
You need to keep up with your credit reports to control your finances. Typically, you are entitled to three annual credit reports from the three main credit report agencies:
These three reports are not identical, some old reports might be listed on one report and not the other. You can also request free credit reports every week for finer details through any of the following ways:
|By Mail:||Complete the Annual Credit Report Request Form and mail it to:
Annual Credit Report Request Service
PO Box 105281
Atlanta, GA 30348-5281
|Online:||Visit AnnualCreditReport.com and click on 'request your free credits report.|
|By Phone:||Call 1-877-322-8228. For TTY service, call 711 and request the relay operator at 1-800-821-7232.|
If your application is rejected, contact your credit reporting agency (CRA) directly and ask for the way forward. If you can't reach an agreement with the CRA, contact the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB).
2. Verify the Age of Your Debt
Credit agencies might list your old debts because they received the wrong debt maturity dates. The listing time of your loans starts on your delinquency date and should always be calculated from the same day. Verify your loan delinquency dates by comparing them to your records. In case of an error, use the records as proof during the dispute.
Your creditor might sell off your debt to another agency, but the seven-year credit report clock should always count from the delinquency date with the original creditor. Find out which agency has you on their list and contact them to fix the error.
3. Send Credit Dispute Letters
One of the most effective ways to remove old items from your credit report and fix your credit score is by writing a credit dispute letter to the credit bureau listing you and requesting removal. The bureau will open investigations and verify your debt from your creditors.
The Fair Credit Reporting Act mandates the credit bureau to correct any mistakes, delete overdue debts, and remove unverified listings within 30 days of your reporting. If the bureau does not make the necessary corrections, you have the right to file a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.
You need to build a strong case when filing a complaint with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau by providing tangible evidence. The evidence includes:
- Copies of court filings that show the correct date of bankruptcy, or
- A debt validation letter from your original creditor showing the date your account became delinquent
Send the letter via USPS to get a return receipt that you can use to prove when it was sent and that it was received. You can also duplicate your credit dispute letter and send it to the reporting creditor, but be careful not to make statements that can reset your debt clock if the statutes of limitations have not expired. This is a good option if you deal with big credit companies rather than with small collecting agents.
4. Contact an Attorney
Filing a credit report dispute might take unexpected turns and take longer than necessary. If you are struggling with cleaning your credit report, it is advisable to use the services of a professional lawyer.
A credit lawyer offers unmatched services but might be too expensive for your budget. We have good news, DoNotPay can help with all your legal issues; our robotic lawyer can help remove the following from your credit report:
- Old debts
- Late payments
Remove Old Debts From Credit Report With the Help of DoNotPay
If you are struggling to remove old debts from your credit card, DoNotPay has your back. We understand your issues and have come up with a fantastic tool that simplifies all the work.
If you want to clean up your credit report but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in 3 easy steps:
- Search Clean Credit Report on DoNotPay.
- Prepare a recent copy of your credit report that you can use as reference.
- Let us guide you through the 4 potential options:
- If you've already paid off your debt, we'll help you file a Goodwill Removal Request to get it removed.
- If you notice any errors in your report (we have a list of common errors you can use!), we'll help you file a credit dispute to the creditor or major credit bureaus.
- If there are no errors, we'll check if you're still eligible to file a debt validation request. If they can't validate your debt, they're required to remove it from your report and they can't collect it!
- Lastly, if none of the above options work, we'll help you file a pay-to-delete negotiation letter. You can customize the amount you are willing to pay in exchange for getting the item removed.
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