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How Does a Default Affect Your Credit Score?

The Ins & Outs of Defaults, Plus How to Repair Your Credit

In the world of loans and credit cards, few things cause alarm more than finding a default in your credit report. Whether you’ve already discovered a default in your free credit report, or you’re concerned about potentially receiving one in the future, it’s important to understand what defaults are and how to repair your credit once you have one. In this blog, we’ll go into detail about what credit scores are, what exactly a default is, and how defaults affect your credit score — plus how Credit Repair Solicitors can help.

What is a Credit Score?

Before we can discuss how a default in your credit report can affect your credit score, we first need to establish what a credit score actually is. Any time you apply for a loan, the lender will take a look at your credit rating before deciding whether to approve your application. Credit scores are usually measured on a scale from 0 to 1,200, with higher scores indicating a lower credit risk. The better your history with loans, the better this score will be. As lenders are notoriously risk-averse, you should aim for the highest score possible. If you have a low credit score, or think it should be higher, it’s time to access credit repair services in Australia.

What is a Default?

In essence, a default is an overdue debt. Life is unpredictable, and financial challenges can arise when least expected. Whether it’s a medical emergency, job loss, or other unforeseen circumstances, managing debt is always a delicate balancing act. Unfortunately, missing payments on loans or bills will lead to a default in your credit report. Consumer defaults are debts that have been unpaid by 60 days or more, of $150 or higher. Lenders will list defaults with credit reporting bodies, and will include details of how much you owe and what interest or fees you’ve accrued, minus additional payments you’ve made. Other lenders will be able to see this information if they look into your credit score.

How Do You Know if You Have a Default on Your Credit?

Before the default lands on your credit report, a notice requesting payment must be sent to your last known address to let you know about the overdue status. This could be via post or email depending on how they usually contact you. The lender must also send a second notice at least 30 days later to inform you that if you don’t make a payment, they intend to disclose the information to a credit reporting body.
The credit provider must wait at least 14 days after issuing the second notice before listing the default.
With this in mind, you should have ample time to become aware of the potential default, pay the overdue invoice, or contact the lender to negotiate a payment arrangement if you’re experiencing hardship.
A default that occurs because the service provider can’t contact you, despite making every reasonable effort to get in touch, is known as a Clearout. This is a more serious default type and will stay on your credit report for 7 years, as opposed to the usual 5 years for a standard default.

You will know for certain that you have a default if one appears on your credit report. You’re entitled to a free credit report every three months, and the credit repair specialists at CR Solicitors can provide you copies from all 3 major credit bureaus.

How Do Defaults Affect My Credit Score?

Each default in your credit report will lower your credit score, jeopardising your ability to receive loans in the future. Those with high credit scores will be in the upper ‘bands’ — good, very good, excellent — and are considered a good risk by lenders. Those with many defaults (or a particularly large default), will find themselves in the low and fair bands. These lower credit scores can result in higher interest rates or outright rejections for credit applications, impacting your ability to buy a home, or a car, or even secure a credit card for everyday expenses. With this in mind, you may need the credit default removal services of CR Solicitors if you’re looking to improve your credit score.

How CR Solutions Can Help

There are a few reasons why a default in your credit report might not be valid. Here at CR Solutions, we are experts in the removal of adverse entries on your credit report.
We can help in the following situations:

Lender Error

Removal of defaults from a credit report may be possible where the creditor has failed to comply with the legislative requirements. For example, if a credit provider mistakenly sent the notices to an old address that was not your last known address then the default listing may not be valid.

Fraud/Identity Theft

If you’ve ever had a wallet or ID stolen, there’s a chance that your credit report includes a default as a result of fraud. It is not unusual for a lender to have mistakenly reported a default against an individual who has had their identity stolen. If there are any defaults on your credit report for loans that you don’t recognise, we’re here to advocate for you.

Hardship Arrangements

If you make a request for hardship assistance, a credit provider isn’t allowed to list a default on your credit report while they are in the process of deciding the hardship request. You also have 14 days after they have told you of their decision to refuse your request before they can list a default on your credit report. If you’ve received a default during this period, we can assist you. Keep in mind that a successful hardship request will appear on your credit report for the duration of the arrangement. If the arrangement is permanent, it will be removed from your credit report after 12 months. This hardship arrangement will help protect you from defaults, and shows lenders that you’re proactive about paying off debts.

Unpaid Debts

If the default is unpaid at the time of your no-obligation consultation, we may be able to negotiate with the creditor and reduce the debt at no extra charge. We may also be able to negotiate getting the default removed (often in exchange for setting up a payment plan), even if it was your debt.


Credit enquiries can be listed on a credit report where a consumer makes an enquiry to obtain finance with a credit provider. If you have too many enquiries within a short space of time, this can negatively affect your score and ability to obtain finance; particularly enquiries with payday lenders. There are many instances where credit enquiries are made by credit providers without your express consent or knowledge of the effects of the same. In cases such as these, we can assist you in having some enquiries removed from your credit report.

Take Back Control With CR Solicitors

Credit defaults may cast a shadow, but they don’t have to define your financial future. With Credit Repair Solutions by your side, you can embark on a journey of credit recovery, unlocking doors to financial freedom and opportunities.
Don’t let credit defaults hold you back. Contact Credit Repair Solutions today and take the first step toward a brighter financial future. Your credit comeback starts here!