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An eviction can be a significant stumbling block when it comes to securing future housing. If you're curious about the impact an eviction may have on your credit history and how long it stays on your record, you're not alone. Understanding the consequences of eviction can help you better navigate the complexities of renting and financial health.
Firstly, it's essential to clarify that an eviction itself does not appear on your credit report. Rather, the unpaid rent and any additional fees that might have accrued during the process of eviction might be sent to collections. These collections can appear on your credit report for seven years from the original delinquency date, which is the date of the first late payment leading to the collection status.
Although evictions don't make their way to your credit report, they do appear on a separate document called a tenant screening report. This report, which is typically sourced from a tenant screening company, could have eviction records that span seven years.
As a potential renter, it's worth noting that landlords and leasing companies often consult these reports when making rental decisions.
Unpaid rent and fees following an eviction could be sold to a collection agency by your landlord or leasing company. If this agency reports to credit bureaus like Experian, the outstanding balance would appear on your credit report as a collection account.
This can negatively impact your credit score, making it more challenging to get approved for loans, credit cards, and potentially even some jobs.
Evictions can linger on tenant screening reports for seven years. The duration might be longer if an eviction resulted from a judgment against you in court. Depending on the statute of limitations in your state, an eviction might stay on your record for up to ten years.
There are situations where you can dispute an eviction listed on a tenant screening report or a collection account appearing on your credit report. For example, if there are inaccuracies or the eviction is falsely reported, you can contact the tenant screening company or credit bureau directly to challenge the information.
Despite the general rule that evictions remain on your record for seven years, or until the statute of limitations expires, certain scenarios might allow for early removal:
An eviction can indeed pose challenges, but understanding its consequences and exploring potential avenues for dispute or removal can make all the difference. Regularly reviewing your credit reports, maintaining open communication with your landlords, and taking prompt action if you foresee an inability to make your rent payment can all contribute to better financial health. Remember, knowledge is power when dealing with complex processes like evictions.