This is a repost from last year....
Does your credit look like a train wreck? I've talked to several clients recently who hit a rough spot - and are working their way out. They had some questions I thought other people might need answered too!
How long does negative information stay on a credit report?
The Fair Credit Reporting Act says that negative information can stay on your report for a minimum of seven years (I always thought that said MAXIMUM - but I was wrong). There are some exceptions to this:
* Delinquency information like late payments remain for seven years from the DATE OF DELINQUENCY.
* Charge-offs stay for seven years PLUS 180 days from the date reported to the credit bureau.
* Student loan defaults report for seven years.
* Foreclosures stay on your report for seven years. The seven year rule also applies to Law suits, judgments and paid tax liens.
* Bankruptcy stays for 10 years from the date you file.*
* UNPAID TAXES stay on your report for 15 years! Ouch!
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