Credit repair is not hard. Take the time to learn your legal rights and you will see how easy it can be. Have you ever been bothered by a collectors? Are there collections on your credit report? Let’s take a look at some powerful credit repair tools that can help you get collectors out of your life and off of your credit report. For real and forever.
The collection industry thrives on consumer ignorance. The less you know, the more money collectors make. A little credit repair education can save you thousands of dollars and free you from the fear of dealing with collectors. If you want to take control you need to know two things: 1) How statutes of limitation really work, and how you can use them to get collectors off of the phone and out of your life, and 2) How reporting period limits are so often violated, and what you can do to protect yourself and clean up your credit report. Let’s do some credit repair!
Credit Repair and Statutes of Limitation
Statutes of limitation (SOL) define the time limit legal action can be taken. In the case of a collection it defines the time limit that a collector can collect through the court system. Once the SOL has expired for a debt the collector cannot sue you or get a judgment. The SOL has nothing whatsoever to do with the reporting period limit for the derogatory information. And in most cases the SOL is significantly shorter than the reporting period limit. SOLs are state and debt type specific and can be easily located on the web. By the way, you need to check both the state in which you entered into the obligation and your current state of residence and apply the longer SOL. Let’s turn this info into credit repair gold.
Using Your Statute of Limitation
There are two credit repair advantages to be gained from understanding the SOL. If a collector contacts you about a debt after the SOL has expired you can tell them to stop bothering you with no fear of repercussion. Per the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act you can send a Cease Communication Letter and they are not allowed to contact you again. As a point of fact, you can send a Cease Communication Letter prior to the expiration of the SOL, but there is some risk that you would trigger a lawsuit, so do your homework before taking action. In addition, should you decide to negotiate the balance, you will be in the driver’s seat; once the collector understands you know your rights they should be grateful that you are offering them anything!
Credit Repair, Collections, and Your Credit Report
Let’s move on to the next phase of your credit repair assault against collections, understanding credit reporting limits. This is interesting and can pay quick dividends. Collectors regularly buy and sell debt; it’s the way the industry works. Most people are not aware that collectors are supposed to withdraw reporting as soon as they sell a debt. Unfortunately, they rarely do, and the darn collections linger for years dragging down your scores. Fortunately, a little credit repair will do the trick. If you dispute a collection that has been sold to another collector it will be removed.
The Credit Reporting Clock
But there is more to know about reporting period limits and collections. Many people are under the impression that derogatory information can stay on their credit report for seven years from the initial reporting date. This is not accurate and can needlessly depress your credit scores for many years. The reporting period clock starts on date of the original default with the original creditor. Collectors cannot reset the reporting period start date. Collectors have nothing to do with setting reporting periods. Don’t make the mistake of thinking a collection can report for seven years from the date it showed up! Figure out the original default date, which was the first time you missed a scheduled payment in the sequence that led to the charge-off or collection status, and count forward seven years and 180 days. This is the date it should fall off.
Get Credit Repair Help
There is credit repair help available. If you don’t have the time or inclination to figure all of this out for yourself just hire a reputable credit repair professional. It’s your credit and it’s important. Take the time to do it right and you will get the results you desire. Good luck!
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