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Product description: You need to monitor Your Credit Rating and Your Credit Score Lenders Employers Landlords check your Credit Score before getting your full credit rating report

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How Do

Credit Scores Work?

What Does Your Credit Rating Mean in Plain English?

There are two types of credit reports. Your Credit Rating and Your Credit Score  You need to monitor both.

Lenders, Employers, Landlords and others will check your Credit Score first to see if you are worth the trouble of getting your full credit report

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WHAT IS YOUR CREDIT RATING?

WHAT DO YOUR BASIC CREDIT REPORT RATINGS MEAN?

 

These ratings are used in conjunction with your Credit Score to determine your credit worthiness

 

Standard Credit Bureau Ratings in Canada

  • R0 Too new to rate; approved but not used
  • R1 Pays within 30 days of billing, or pays as agreed
  • R2 Pays in more than 30 days but less than 60 or one payment past due
  • R3 Pays in more than 60 days but less than 90 or two payments past due
  • R4 Pays in more than 90 days but less than 120 or three or more payments past due
  • R5 Account is at least 120 days past due but is not yet rated R9
  • R6 No rating exists
  • R7 Paid through a consolidation order, consumer proposal or credit counselling debt management program
  • R8 Repossession
  • R9 Bad debt or placed for collection or bankruptcy

 

CHECK YOUR CREDIT REPORT REGULARLY

By law, you are entitled to a copy of all the information a credit agency has on you.

Start by obtaining your credit reports from both Trans Union and Equifax. Each bureau uses different methods to calculate your report, so they will be different and you need to monitor both.

Do not phone, they will not discuss your credit report on the phone.

Errors are very common. You can dispute erroneous items on your report. Correcting them will take a lot of time, work and effort.

Call the credit bureau and point out their errors. They will send you a reporting form The credit bureau must review your complaints, however they will insist on your supplying the material using their forms. The forms explain how to file disputes and get corrections made.

It is an uphill battle and you will have to fight them and be persistent.

You also have a right to place a 100 word statement on the credit bureau file to be given to anyone who obtains a future report. To obtain a hard copy of your personal credit file by mail:

 

WHERE TO GET YOUR CREDIT REPORTS

Equifax Canada Inc.

Consumer Relations Department

Box 190 Jean Talon Station

Montreal, Quebec  H1S 2Z2

Tel: ( 514 ) 493-2314

1 800 465-7166

Fax: ( 514 ) 355-8502

 

WHERE TO GET YOUR CREDIT REPORTS

Trans Union

Consumer Relations

709 Main Street W

Suite 3201

Hamilton, On L8S 1A2

Tel: 1 800 663 9980

Fax: ( 905 ) 527-0401

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