A Fin24 user writes:
I am facing financial difficulties at the moment due to a partnership that has gone sour.
My husband and I own a property with enough equity to register a further bond. I have also started my own business a year ago and it is doing quite well.
We need working capital to expand, but owing to bad credit record we cannot get finance anywhere.
Where can I go for some expert advice to solve this problem?
Thinus Nortje, director at HTN Attorneys, responds:
Due to the fact that you have a bad credit record, it will be almost impossible for you to obtain credit anywhere.
However, I would suggest that you obtain a credit report first, if you have not done so yet. You are entitled to a free credit report every 12 months from any of the credit bureaus, the major ones being Transunion, Experian, Compuscan and XDS.
A credit report will allow you to see exactly what your credit record looks like.
It is also important to check whether you have any judgments or defaults listed against you. If there are judgments listed against you, you will have to get these rescinded.
You can apply for rescission by consent from the credit provider, but only once the debt has been settled in full.
If you have only defaults listed against you, I suggest you make contact with those credit providers and arrange for the debts to be settled as soon as possible.
Once you have done this, the credit providers can give you letters confirming that these accounts have been paid in full. They will also update your profile on the credit bureaus, although the defaults will remain for two years from the date they were first listed.
This way you may be able to obtain finance, but remember the discretion still lies with the credit provider.
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