What are defaults?

Last updated: 18 January 2018

What are defaults

A default is recorded on your credit file if your payment of $150 or more is overdue by 60 days or more.

Your credit provider must send you written notice to recover the payment and written notice that it intends to list a default on your credit file before listing the default.

If you are in financial difficulty and are at risk of not making a payment, contact your credit provider as soon as possible and request hardship assistance.

If a default has been recorded and you have since repaid the amount in full, that payment will be noted on your credit file.

A default is kept on your credit file for five years, even after the amount has been repaid.

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