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Topics addressed on May 9, 2012:
Deleting evictions, judgments and bankruptcy from your credit report
Is there a way to get an eviction removed? A judgment was filed against me. If a judgment is discharged in your Chapter 7 bankruptcy, can it be removed from your report?
Your Experian credit report does not indicate that you have been evicted from your residence. However, your credit report could include a collection account for unpaid rent or lease payments, and as in your situation, a civil judgment if you were sued for breaking the lease.
The court judgment will appear as a public record in your credit report and will remain for seven years from the filing date. Any public record item in a credit report would likely be considered very negative and could affect your ability to qualify for a new rental agreement.
If included in bankruptcy, the judgment will be removed when the bankruptcy is discharged. You may want to submit documentation of the bankruptcy filing, discharge, and schedule of debts showing the judgment was included. A Chapter 7 bankruptcy will continue to be reported for 10 years from the filing date, regardless of the discharge date.
Any collection accounts discharged through bankruptcy are updated to show that they were included in the bankruptcy, but will still show the account history for seven years.
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