Writing a Letter to Remove Bad Credit (with Sample)
Use this sample letter to remove bad credit as a template for your formal notification.
There are several reasons to write a letter to remove bad credit from a credit report. There may be inaccurate information, negative credit history or a dispute about debt. In each of these instances, one letter may not be enough to get the right results. Often a follow-up letter is required and, in some cases, a letter of intent to file a law suit may be needed.
A bad credit report can make life difficult for people if they want to get a credit card, buy a car or even a house or get a good price on insurance. Many insurance companies give a higher interest rate to drivers who have bad credit. It’s worth making the effort to remove bad credit listings from a credit report.
A good credit report also makes it easier to get a job or promotions and raises. For those who want to start a business, a good credit report is essential. In any case, it is not a good idea to ignore a bad credit report. Steps should be taken to repair it as soon as possible.
Request an Investigation
Correct information on a credit report cannot be removed legally, however, the consumer can request an investigation into information that they believe is inaccurate. This investigation is free and legal. If the consumer requests an investigation, and the credit bureau cannot verify the information, they are obligated to remove it.
A letter to remove bad credit should list each item that is disputed separately with the facts, and the reason the item is being disputed. It needs to be clearly stated that the information should be corrected or removed from the credit report. The letter should be sent by certified mail and a return receipt requested. This way the consumer has proof that the letter was sent and received on a particular date.
The credit reporting company must investigate disputed claims within 30 days unless the letter and dispute appears to be frivolous. They are obligated to send your correction to the organization that reported the information. The reporting organization is required to investigate the claim of inaccuracy as soon as they receive the notice.
They must report their findings to the credit bureau. If the claim of inaccuracy is true, the credit bureau must inform the nationwide credit reporting companies, so the credit report is corrected. The consumer should also receive the results of the investigation in writing as well as a free copy of their credit report with the changes made.
The credit bureau must also give the corrected information to anyone who received the inaccurate credit report within the last two years including employers, banks, landlords, insurance companies and loan companies.
If the dispute is not found in the consumer’s favor, they can request that a copy of the dispute be added to their credit report and sent to anyone who requests it.
Consumers also have the right to send a letter directly to the credit reporting agency or information provider informing them that they dispute their information. Copies of documents providing proof can be included with the letter. Many information providers have a special address for disputes. They will investigate and, if the information is found to be inaccurate, they won’t report it again.
Some people hire a credit repair company to investigate their credit report, but it can be done by the consumer at no cost. Here is a sample of one kind of letter for requesting a change to the credit report.
Sample Letter to Remove Bad Credit
City, State, Zip Code
Credit Bureau Name
Dispute Investigation Department
Credit Bureau Address
City, State, Zip Code
To Whom It May Concern:
I have reviewed my credit report and am disputing a late payment claim. Attached is the report with the disputed item circled.
The disputed item is an incorrect late payment claim from NAME OF SOURCE. I made the payment on time and attached is a copy of my receipt of payment. I am requesting that this inaccurate information be removed from my credit report.
Enclosed are copies of my payment records for the above NAME OF SOURCE inaccurate late payment and driver’s license as proof of identity. Please reinvestigate this late payment claim and remove it from my record.
List of enclosures – all enclosures should be copies NOT originals
By Andre Bradley