Keeping track of your credit is a crucial step in rebuilding your credit profile, especially after a bankruptcy. Let’s take a closer look at what happens, after the dust has settled.
Q: What happens AFTER you file for bankruptcy?
THD Expert: When you file for bankruptcy, the law says that you must list all of your debts, even if you plan on continuing to pay them. You pick and chose what debts you want to continue paying- such as the house if you want to live there or your car if you need it to get to work. But you don’t pick and chose what debts are covered. When a creditor is notified about your bankruptcy, they then report to the credit bureaus that a particular loan was “included in bankruptcy.” At that point, creditors stop reporting the payments you continue to make, such as for a mortgage or car payment. This explains why payments don’t show up on credit reports.
Q: So why is the information on your credit report wrong?
THD Expert: If the credit bureaus worked for you and me, rather than the creditors, it would probably look more like this: The credit bureaus would report your house payments as long as you are current, but they come off if you get behind. Unfortunately, we don’t make up the rules.
Q: How can you make credit bureaus report your payments?
THD Expert: Start off by requesting a payment history from your lenders (such as the mortgage company or car finance company), and use it to dispute the incorrect entries. Lenders are required by law to give you a payment history once per year if you request it. Next, take this payment history and use it to dispute the missing payments on the loan with each of the 3 credit reporting agencies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion).
Unfortunately, you may have to do this every year as the lender may not start reporting your payments even after you have successfully disputed it.
Now that you know why payments are not showing up after filing for bankruptcy and what you can do about, you can take steps to fix it.
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