Martin Lewis: Payment holidays extended – but should you take one? Mortgages, credit cards, loans...

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  • DIVA
    DIVA Forumite Posts: 3
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    As per the Martin’s blog, the advice is not to take an extension if you don’t need it. Due to uncertainty in the  regularity of my work, I was considering taking the extension - on the basis that this is on my file anyway- will the extension further affect me in the future ? Or the fact that I’ve taken a holiday anyway, an extension will have no further effect ? 
  • cairndog
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    I am looking at a used car for sale in a registered dealership. Can they find out details of the previous owners? 
  • Chewyboy
    Chewyboy Forumite Posts: 9
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    Hi there, in April, May, June  and July 2020 my daughter took an agreed partial payment holiday, i.e. reduced payments for 4 months, on a loan she had with the Yorkshire bank. In August she paid the loan off in full. In January 2021 the Yorkshire bank agreed in principle to give her a mortgage when she found a house to move to. After accepting an offer on her house and having an offer accepted on a house she wanted to buy she contacted the Yorkshire bank again. After checking her credit record they refused the mortgage as she now had a bad credit record due to her partial payment holiday. 
    I am under the impression from what I have read on this site that 'payment holidays' shouldn’t affect credit ratings.
    Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks in anticipation.
  • Blackbeard_of_Perranporth
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    edited 21 February 2021 at 4:27PM
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