In this brief guide, we are going to answer the questions “how long does default stay on credit report “.

How long does default stay on credit report?

six years.

A default will stay on your credit report for six years from the date the default was registered on your credit report. A default will not be removed from your credit report even if you pay it off after it has been registered.

Once six years have passed, the lender won’t be able to re-register the default on your credit report again.

Although a default lasts on your credit report for six years you may still need to declare it when seeking future credit.

It could also be the case the initial lender sells the debt on to a debt collection agency who could in turn register a new default regardless of the current default.

What is a default?

A default is a notice which gets placed on your credit file. Before a default notice will be placed the credit provider will have tried to bring your account up to date for a number of months. 

If you fail to bring your account up to date then the credit provider will have no other choice but to place your account in default.

A lender can place a default on your account for any reason although they will usually only place it after they have tried to bring your account up to date severally.

How long will a default stay on your credit report?

A default will stay on your credit file for as long as six years after which it will vanish from your credit report. The default will be removed from your credit report even if you do not pay the default.

As the years go by the effect of a default on your credit file will reduce and most lenders will no longer pay so much attention to this. The effect on your credit score may also reduce but it is not known by how much exactly.

Why does default stay on your credit report for six years?

A six-year rule may simply be because county court judgements are kept on the credit file for at least six years.

Why six years?

What can you do to reduce the impact of a default?

If the default on your credit report was due to missed payments which were out of your control e.g losing your job or falling ill then you could add a notice of correction on your credit file stating the reasons why you ended up defaulting on the credit agreement.

This may be useful to the lenders who do a manual search on your credit file but for those who carry out automatic searches then it is less likely that the notice of correction will be seen.

A notice of correction may need to be agreed upon by the lender who put the default on your credit file.

How to build your credit score after a default?

-Pay your bills on time and in full

-Expand your credit.The more types of credit you have which are all paid on time the better your score.

-Register to vote on your main home address

-If you rent and pay your rent on time,then report this to the credit bureaus.

-Ask for a credit limit increase

-Check your credit report for any errors

-Don’t close or cancel Bank accounts or credit cards. The longer you have these open, the better.

-Use only 30% of your available credit such as overdraft or credit cards. This shows that you are not too dependent on credit

-Do not make too many credit applications within 3 months. 1 every 3 months is is acceptable.

-Avoid getting rejected for credit and only make applications where you have a 95% chance of approval or are pre-approved.

-Avoid adverse credit such as payday loans

-Avoid maxing out your credit card or going over your limit as it makes you seem dependent on credit. You might also incur a few fees from your credit card provider.

-Ensure you do not default on any repayments-, even if this is not credit as you can still have negative marks due to owing people or companies from things such as county court judgements, Bankruptcy or Individual voluntary agreements.

FAQs: How long does default stay on credit report?

How much will my credit score go up when a default comes off?

Your credit score could go up by as much as 350 points once the default has come off from your credit report.

How long does a mortgage default stay on my credit report?

A mortgage default will stay on your credit report for as long as 6 years.

Can you get a default removed early?

No, you can’t get a default removed early. A default will have to stay on your credit report for six years.

In this brief guide, we are going to answer the questions “how long does default stay on credit report “. If you have any questions or comments please let us know.

If you need financial advice and you live in the UK then you could contact the Money Advice service over the phone or via chat for impartial advice.

You can also contact the debt charity “Step Change” if you are in debt and need help.

John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.

John has 22 years of experience in financial services. This spans across financial research, financial services (As a qualified mortgage broker and underwriter), financial trading and sales at global investment banks. While working as a publishing research analyst, he covered European bank credit and advised institutional clients on investment strategies at both JP Morgan and Societe Generale. John has passed all three levels of the CFA (Chartered Financial Analyst) programme.