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Do I need a current UK credit history?

Do I need a current UK credit history?

Expats who are unable to provide a full UK credit history, or who are absent from the electoral register and other databases used in financial profiling, will often find that lenders are unable to judge their circumstances or loan reliability, with basic credit checks usually yielding poor results (irrespective of actual wealth). This means that you might find it difficult
to secure competitive or flexible mortgage terms from your lender, while interest rates may be higher than usual (so as to offset a perceived risk of default). It is therefore extremely important for you to demonstrate that your current account is at least three months in credit and that income is not being surpassed by spending (so, overdrafts are a no-no!).

Moreover, paperwork detailing earnings, spending patterns as well as up to date statements for all other accounts should also be provided. If there is any incidence or history of missed payments (for example) as a result of relocation and/or a necessary realignment of finances overseas, it may be possible to have a ‘notice of correction’- essentially, a statement detailing any applicable or extenuating factors- added to a credit report. These reports can be obtained from any one of the three main credit score providers- Experian, Equifax or CallCredit. In addition, some experts suggest that you should try to maintain or reinstate an address in the UK (preferably a family members or friend) so as to receive correspondence from a bank or building society. This will mean that your mortgage lender will be able to credit score your application from that address, thereby improving your options. The longer you have a registered UK address, the better your credit rating will be.

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