According to reports the credit reporting agencies receive 10,000 disputes a day. Much like the mortgage modification debacle they simply don’t have the staff to keep up. The result is usually multiple form denial letters hoping to frustrate individuals into giving up. Most consumers do. The few who sue usually get a settlement that the bureaus accept as the cost of doing business. The Fair Credit Reporting Act gives consumers the right and remedies to ensure their credit report is accurate. If there is a problem- what should you do?
The Credit reporting bureaus must investigate any disputes you make, usually within thirty (30) days. Upon completion of their investigation they must give notify you of the results in writing and provide a free copy of your report if the dispute results in a change. If their investigation results in no action you may ask that a statement of the dispute be included in future reports. The Federal Trade Commission provides a sample dispute letter that is a good starting point.
If you have medical debt on your credit report it was just announced that major changes will go into effect in 2022 and 2023, that may remove up to 70% of medical debt from credit reports.
Where to write the 3 Major Credit Bureaus:
P.O. Box 7404256
Atlanta, GA 30374-0256
P.O. Box 9701
Allen, TX 75013
P.O. Box 2000
Chester, PA 19022-2000