Lenders use this to check if you can manage your finances, and if your current debts are too big to allow further borrowing. This includes credit cards, store cards, overdrafts, mortgages and personal loans.
Your credit report gives lenders an insight into your repayment habits. If you always repay on time and in full to avoid paying interest, then this can increase your chances of getting more credit.
Your credit report will show where you live, how long you've been there and if you are registered on the electoral roll. Your addresses from the last six years or more could also be visible to a lender.
Each time you apply for a financial product, like a credit card, it is recorded as part of your credit history. If you make several applications in a short time, it can look like you're desperate for credit.
You could get negatively affected if anyone you're financially connected with, like a partner on a joint account, has poor credit. This can cause any credit applications you make to get declined.
If you've been the victim of fraud it will appear on your credit report through the UK's Fraud Prevention Service CIFAS register. This shouldn't adversely affect your access to credit.
Your credit report will show if you have been declared bankrupt, had an IVA and if you've had any CCJs. Your credit report will also show if any of these arrangements have been satisfied.
You will give personal and financial information as a part of an application, such as:
If you have other forms of credit
Your credit record can confirm some of this information, like your address and whether you have access to credit elsewhere.
Yes, if you find information on your credit record that is incorrect, you can either:
Contact the credit reference agency to correct it
Ask the company that holds the wrong information, like your bank, to correct it
You should check your credit record for mistakes and get them corrected to improve the chances of a lender accepting your application.