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    • glasgow-girl
    • By glasgow-girl 18th Mar 17, 10:24 PM
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    DAS and defaults
    • #1
    • 18th Mar 17, 10:24 PM
    DAS and defaults 18th Mar 17 at 10:24 PM

    I am looking for some advice please on how to get companies to default my accounts when on a Debt Arrangement Scheme? If i have read threads correctly, defaults are better on your account rather than 'markers'?

    I am two payments away from completing my DAS so I'm hoping it's not too late but we are hoping to move house next year and want/need my credit file to be as good as possible. I started the DAS in May 2012 and the last payment is due May 2017.

    The companies involved are Shop Direct, Barclaycard and Next.

    On my credit file:

    Barclaycard are showing as UC since November 2015 and the status is up to date. Is this good or should i ask for the account to be defaulted?

    Shop Direct status is late payment with 'payment was up to 6 months' late since June 2013. The company who I have organised the DAS with contacted Shop Direct to default my account and their response was "there is a note on their system saying debt arrangement scheme so they don't have to default the account". Is this true? Do they not 'have' to default the account? Should I contact them myself to ask they default the account?

    Next have only defaulted my account from February 2015. Should I contact them myself, rather than the DAS company and ask they change the default date to when I entered the DAS back in May 2012?

    Thank you in advance for any help and sorry for the long post.
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  • National Debtline
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    • 20th Mar 17, 11:58 AM
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    • 20th Mar 17, 11:58 AM

    Itís generally preferable to have the account defaulted as early as possible on your credit file, as the debts will come off your credit file 6 years after the default date. With no default the accounts will show for 6 years after you settle the account, which is likely to be much longer.

    Creditors donít have to default your account if youíve made a temporary payment arrangement which the creditor agrees with, and youíve kept to the payments. I suspect thatís what Shop Direct mean the Debt Arrangement Scheme note is indicating, although I would normally expect there to be an Ďarrangement in placeí marker if there isnít a default.

    My understanding is that it should be a temporary arrangement though, so stress to your creditors that as your DAS was an arrangement to pay off the entire outstanding balance rather than a short term arrangement, they should have defaulted your account. Also, you have arguably been put in a worse position by paying your debts off.

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