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7 Problems getting credit?

There is actually no such thing as a “blacklist” of people that lenders will automatically refuse to lend to.
Most lenders use a combination of information held by the credit reference agencies and their own credit scoring system to decide whether credit should be offered.

Credit reference agencies hold a record of most credit agreements applied for or taken out. You can obtain a copy of your own credit reference file by applying to one of the three major agencies, which are Experian, Equifax and Call Credit. You will need to supply your name, address, date of birth and all previous addresses for the last six years. The credit reference agencies charge a small fee for this service.

If you have a credit default or county court judgment registered on your credit file, it will usually remain there for six years, after which it should be removed from your credit file automatically.

Credit scoring works by allotting points for certain criteria. For example you may get some points for being registered on the electoral roll. The more points you have been allotted, the more likely it is that the credit provider will lend to you.  Different creditors have different scoring criteria, so you may be refused by some but accepted by others.

If you need help dealing with refusal of credit or any other aspect of debt, we recommend that you speak to one of our debt advisers on 0845 345 4 345 for specialist advice. Telephone specialist advice is only available if you qualify for legal aid.

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