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What is a Credit Report?

Your credit report is the history of what you have borrowed and what you have paid back. Your credit report may also include your rental payment history.  People or companies who might lend you money in the future may use the report to learn about you. Often employers, landlords, and insurance agencies look at credit reports. The law protects you from credit reports that are wrong.

Note

Your credit report is very important if you want to borrow money. Sometimes it matters to landlords and employers.

Your credit report is not as important if:

  • you are not planning to borrow money,
  • You are not looking for a job,
  • You own your own home or live in public housing and you are not planning to move.
Produced by Mariah Jennings-Rampsi, South Coastal Counties Legal Services, with funding from American College of Bankruptcy
Created June 2012

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