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Our team, past and present, have written countless articles over the last 10 years on key credit matters as well as providing commentary on current affairs with a direct impact on UK consumers - typically coming from a financial perspective.

Do I Have a CCJ? How To Find Out

If you have a County Court Judgment (CCJ) in your name, it can have a serious impact on your Credit Score and ability to borrow for the entire time it is active. To see if you have any active CCJs or to find out the status of all your existing judgments, you can check your Credit Report at any time.

Published on 26 Mar 2019 by Jamie Mackenzie Smith

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Your Rights When Cancelling a New Credit Agreement

For most people applying for credit the main concern is whether or not they will be actually get accepted. But occasionally a change in circumstances (or even just a little time to reflect on your purchase) means that a bigger concern might be whether you can change your mind and withdraw from a credit agreement (be it a credit card, personal loan or other credit facility) after it’s been granted, potentially preventing you from taking on additional financial responsibility that you no longer want or need.

Published on 18 Mar 2019 by Tom Magor

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The Importance of Proving Stability to Lenders

In addition to the key roles that your Credit History and Affordability play in determining whether or not you will be accepted for credit, we regularly talk about the importance of being able to demonstrate your ‘stability’ to potential lenders.

Published on 15 Mar 2019 by Sophie Regester

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Why Insurance Quotes Use Credit Checks

When you go online to get an insurance quote (be it home, car or most other products that involve a monthly premium) you may unknowingly be only a few clicks away from undergoing a credit check. Very often you won’t even see a specific notification before it happens unless you read through the company’s terms and conditions in their entirety.

Published on 8 Mar 2019 by Jamie Mackenzie Smith

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How Bankruptcy Affects Your Credit Rating

In terms of negative information that could appear on your Credit Report, evidence of bankruptcy or other forms of insolvency is about as serious as it gets and it’s likely to adversely affect your ability to take out new forms of credit for a considerable amount of time.

Published on 7 Mar 2019 by Tom Magor

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Why Did a Credit Reference Agency Reject My Application?

Whenever you make an application for credit or borrowing, you will almost certainly be subject to a credit check using data from one or more of the UK’s Credit Reference Agencies . It can be an anxious moment while you wait for a decision and sadly there is always a chance that you’ll be turned down.

Published on 4 Mar 2019 by Sam Griffin

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If I Change My Name Can I Still Get Credit?

Legally changing your name is an increasingly popular thing to do in the UK: while getting married or divorced still makes up a large proportion of this, there is a growing trend towards people changing their name following civil partnerships, a change in gender, living in blended families, or simply because they’re seeking a change – the list is long.

Published on 22 Feb 2019 by Tom Magor

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Can You get A Mortgage With A Default, CCJ or Arrears?

Even for homeowners that have been through the process before, applying for a mortgage can be a lengthy and often stressful process. For anyone with a history of adverse credit, it can be even more disconcerting - especially if you’re not sure how negative information on your Credit Report such as late payments, Defaults, or Court Information might affect a potential mortgage lenders’ decision.

Published on 12 Feb 2019 by Jamie Mackenzie Smith

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Which Credit Report Information Can Landlords See

These days whenever you rent a property you may be required to pass checks set by the landlord or letting agent to prove that you will be a good tenant and that you’ll be able to reliably make rent payments to the property on time.

Published on 7 Feb 2019 by Kevin Pearce

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Insolvency and its effect on your credit score

Contrary to the belief of some, insolvency is not a ‘get out of jail free card’. When you are declared insolvent, the entry remains reported for six years on your Credit File and will continue to pose a significant barrier to your chances of obtaining credit – even after the insolvency is discharged.

Published on 30 Jan 2019 by Tom Blandford

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