What Is a Pay for Delete Letter?

Clean Credit Report What Is a Pay for Delete Letter?

How Does a Pay For Delete Letter Work

If you're behind on your bills and collections agencies are calling, a  may be the solution for you. This type of letter asks the creditor to delete the debt from your credit report in return for payment. It's a way to get rid of negative marks on your credit without actually having to pay the full amount you owe. But under what circumstances should you request a pay for delete letter, and how do you go about requesting one?

In this article, we will cover how  work, and if this is a course of action that is appropriate for your credit situation. Another option is to use DoNotPay's innovative process to help you dispute negative credit report entries and errors.

What is a Pay for Delete Letter?

 is a type of letter that is used to negotiate the removal of negative information from your credit report. To have negative information removed, you will need to offer to pay the creditor an agreed-upon amount of money. Once the creditor has received payment, they will agree to delete your credit report's negative information. Keep in mind that not all creditors will be willing to negotiate a pay-for-delete arrangement.

Factors to Consider Before Sending a Pay For Delete Letter

The process of paying off a collections account in exchange for the debt collector erasing it from your credit report may sound tempting, but you should be aware of the following before making this decision. 

  • Specific types of debt, such as medical debt and defaulted accounts less than $100 may not impact your score and aren't worth submitting a pay for delete letter.
  • Understand that the letter is not a legal document and the creditor is not required to agree to your request. They may be willing to negotiate, but they are under no obligation to do so.
  • Even if the creditor does agree to a pay for delete agreement, there's no guarantee that the negative information will be removed from your credit report.
  • The creditor may agree to delete the information from their own records, but it's up to the credit reporting agencies to remove the information from your credit report.
  • It's important to remember that you should only consider a pay for delete agreement if you're confident that you can make the payment. If you default on the agreement, not only will the negative information remain on your credit report, but you may also be subject to legal action from the creditor.

How to Submit a Pay For Delete Letter

When drafting a , be sure to include the following information

  1. Your full name, address, contact phone number, and account number.
  2. The date of the item you wish deleted.
  3. A request that the item is removed from your credit report in exchange for payment. State the amount of debt you are willing to pay.
  4. Once agreed upon, either pay the creditor electronically or send a certified check or money order for the full amount owed.
  5. Follow up with a phone call to ensure that it has been received and that the creditor will remove the negative mark from your report.

What Are Alternatives to a Pay for Delete?

Since pay for delete letter is not a reliable method to remove collections entries from your credit history, you should consider these options first

  1. Dispute any errors with the credit reporting bureau. They will fully investigate the items and can advise if they can be corrected or deleted altogether.
  2. While your credit score is impacted by collection accounts, the effect decreases over time. Unless you are planning to apply for a mortgage or other substantial credit in the near term, consider letting the account remain on the report. The entry will automatically drop off after seven years.

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How DoNotPay Can Help Clear Negative Credit Entries

If you want to clean up your credit report but don't know where to start, DoNotPay has you covered in three easy steps

  1. Search Clean Credit Report on DoNotPay.


  2. Prepare a recent copy of your credit report that you can use as reference.


  3. Let us guide you through the 4 potential options:
  1. If you've already paid off your debt, we'll help you file a Goodwill Removal Request to get it removed.


  2. 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.


  3. 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!


  4. 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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