If you have a negative but accurate history, Suze says it will stay on your credit report for seven years. "If, however, there is information on your credit report that is not accurate, then you have to take an active role in contacting the three credit bureaus and stay on them to get it removed," Suze says. "Because even after you've gotten it removed, it will reappear again a few months later. You just have to stay on it."
If you notice a mistake on your credit report, you should contact the three credit-reporting agencies:
- Equifax: 888-766-0008 or www.equifax.com
- Experian: 888-397-3742 or www.experian.com
- TransUnion: 800-680-7289 or www.transunion.com