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Can You Boost Your Credit Score By Paying Your Rent On Time

The apparent “American Dream” of owning a home is changing.   For many people, renting not only suits their need for flexibility but it is also an economic necessity due to soaring student loan debt and rising prices.

Credit History and Rent Payments

Credit history plays a vital role in your life and it is necessary for accessing bank loans, credit cards, mortgages, and auto loans. About 45 million people in the US who have a solid track record of paying rent on time (which constitutes 35% of their income) lack a credit score.  A pilot program in New York found that credit scores of 76% of renters can be raised by tracking on-time rental payments.  

Rent is one of the largest monthly payment that you make. All these timely payments should count for something right? So does it mean that your rent payments can affect your credit score? The simple answer is not necessarily. The track record of on-time payments does not reflect on your credit history but fortunately, the situation is changing for the better and timely payments can boost your credit score. Several criteria need to be satisfied before you reap the benefits.

How Can You Get Your Rental History on Your Reports

If you are currently renting or intend renting, it is important to understand that a consumer cannot report his rental payments to a credit bureau. Here are some tips that will help you as to how you can go about getting your rental payments on your credit reports.

1. Many landlords began sharing rental data to credit bureaus after 2011 when they began to include rental history to credit reports and credit scores. Some landlords also offer online systems that report rental payments. However, it is not a universal practice for landlords to “automatically” report rental data. So you should, first of all, ask your landlord or property manager if they report rental payments to the credit bureaus or not. As your rental payments will affect your credit score if your credit report does not reflect your payment history.

2. If you rent from property management or individual landlord who does not report data, you should pay your rent through a rental payment service. Some of the popular renting services are Rent Reporters, RentTrack, Experian RentBureau, Rental Karma, ClearNow and PayYourRent. All these do not report rental payments to all three bureaus. While RentReporters and RentTrack report to all three bureaus, PayYour Rent reports to Experian and TransUnion, ClearNow reports to Experian and Rental Karma reports to TransUnion. It is to be noted that the above does not include all the rent reporting services. Some of these services do not charge any fees whatsoever but there are others that charge you as much as $100 or more for their services.

3. Each consumer can have a number of credit scores depending on the formula and scoring model. Some of these may include rent payments in their reports while others may not. So when you apply for credit you do not know which credit bureau ( TransUnion, Equifax or Experian) report or which score the lender is likely to use.

4. Finally, you should keep in mind that while calculating your credit scores only the newest credit scores consider rental data. FICO 9 and FICO XD do use rental data to calculate scores whereas the most commonly used versions of FICO® Score do not do so.

Vantage Score is a more popular credit scoring option with lenders as it has been reporting utilities and rental payments for many years now. According to VantageScore “By adding rental payments to credit reports more than 30 million consumers who do not have a credit history will be able to have a credit score and they will be able to borrow.”

 How Will This Impact Your Score?

It is difficult to say how much reporting credit bureaus will affect your credit scores as it depends on your current credit history. However, there are some interesting studies on the subject.

1. An Experian study showed that 100% of tenants who did not have a credit score before had a credit score after reporting rent, and almost three-fourths of the people who were studied experienced a credit score increase. 

2. A study by TransUnion showed that eight out of ten subprime borrowers had an increase in their VantageScore after only one month of reporting rent payments.

3. Lastly, a study from RentTrack found that reporting rent payments for 6 months increased their VantageScore by about 9 points and the average increase for those with a credit score below 650 was 29 points.   

Using Your Credit Card to Pay Your Rent

You can indirectly boost your credit score by using your credit card to pay your rent. (that is if  your landlord accepts credit card as a payment mode) . If you pay your credit card balance in time it will help you boost your credit score. But you should be aware that some landlords may charge you a processing fee if you use your credit card for paying rent.

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The New Fico Score To Be Unveiled In 2019 Could Boost Your Credit Worthiness

For the past 27 years, FICO Credit Scores have been the
bedrock of most consumer- lending decisions in the US.
These scores were based mostly on consumers’ history of
paying mortgages, credit card balances and loans. The FICO
model has been periodically updated to help lenders to be
more informed about credit-granting decisions and help the
consumer get access to the credit they need. The most widely
used version is FICO Score 8.
The latest update is that Fair Isaac Corp. (the company
behind FICO) has decided to test out a new type of scores
called UltraFICO with credit reporting agency Experian and
a technology company called Finicity. This will be unveiled
early next year (2019) and will consider the borrowers’ bank-
account balance and cash-management behavior in addition
to the traditional credit.
The move to test the new scoring system comes in the wake
of some financial companies who are supplementing
traditional credit scores with an analysis of customer’s bank
account to assess consumer’s creditworthiness.

KEY FEATURES

Here are a few key features as to how it works and who could
benefit from the new UltraFICO scoring system.

  • The new FICO score will be optional and will be offered
    only to consumers who opt for it. They will be given the
    choice to do so when they do not qualify by the more
    traditional systems. However, they should also agree to
    share with the lender personal information, and allow
    them to access their banking and saving data to evaluate
    overall financial responsibility.
  • This new system will potentially improve the credit
    scores of many Americans who have less than stellar or
    borderline credit score ( upper 500 to the low 600s ) by
    20 points or more depending on the details of their
    financial profile.
  • “People who have strong credit scores need not consider
    UltraFICO scores but they could use it as a second
    chance,” says Sally TayloShoff Vice President of
    FICO.
  •  Consumers with an average bank-account of $400 and
    with no history of negative balances are more likely to
    benefit because it will take into account how old your
    bank-account is, the frequency of activity and evidence
    of saving.
  • It will particularly benefit millennials( people aged 18-
    34) who did not have the opportunity to build up a
    credit history. It will also help people who are in a
    financial rut and are rebuilding their credit scores.
  • It also might be easier for millions of Americans to get
    any type of loan including a mortgage loan-especially if
    they have a subprime credit score (500-600 FICO) or
    have little or no credit history at all. The new UltraFICO score has “definitely a lot of promise”
    as an alternative scoring method, provided the consumers
    have true control over what level of detail they share and
    whether to share information or not.
    However, it is not clear whether the other two credit bureaus
    Equifax and TransUnion will eventually participate in the
    Ultra FICO test. TransUnion in an email statement said that
    “it applauds all efforts that promote financial inclusion and
    expand economic opportunity” but Equifax did not comment
    on this.“According to Smith” The new scoring system is
    revolutionary as consumers will play a direct role, for the first
    time ever to determine their own credit scores.
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