Why You Are denied Credit
Have you ever been denied credit or rejected by an apartment manager, do you need to repair your credit?
When prospective lenders inquire about your credit standing, they examine your record with certain expectations. To evaluate your own report, you need to know those expectations. The five most common reasons for credit denial based on a credit report are as follows:
1) Delinquent credit obligations. Late payments, bad debts, or legal judgments against you make you
look like a risky customer.
2) Credit application incomplete. Perhaps you left out some important information or made an error on
the application. Any large discrepancy between your application and your credit file can count against
you. The lender will wonder if you are hiding something.
3) Too many inquiries. Inquiries are made whenever you apply for credit. Requesting your own report
also counts as an inquiry, but is usually not held against you. At the creditor’s discretion, as few as four inquiries within six months’ time may be considered a sign of excessive credit activity. The creditor may then presume that you are trying desperately to get credit and are being rejected elsewhere.
4) Errors in your file. These may arise simply from typing mistakes, or from confusing your name with
someone else’s similar name. Since the credit bureaus handle millions of files, the possibility for error is substantial. Errors can be found and corrected only by carefully reviewing your file for accuracy and
then taking the necessary steps to correct any errors that you do find.
5) Insufficient credit file. Your credit history is too scanty for the type or amount of credit you
requested. You need to develop your credit history more fully before qualifying for the level of credit
you are now requesting.
It’s always a plus to know what’s on your credit file before you attempt to obtain any new credit. A
credit bureau may confuse you with another individual, carry erroneous information in your file, or
perhaps include false, incomplete or one-sided information provided by a creditor. Most of these
problems can be resolved once you understand the procedures. ALSO READ