Under current laws, a small business supplier can list a credit default on your commercial credit file with relative ease.
The conditions are usually set out in the credit reporting entity’s (i.e. Equifax’s) terms and conditions.
The Privacy Act does not apply.
For instance, if you have an account with a trade supplier and you have not paid a prior invoice concerning $100 or more which is now overdue, all that supplier needs to do is to attempt to collect the debt and send a follow up letter referring to the default and the intention to list the default on your credit file.
Should the default persist, the supplier can then lodge the payment default with Equifax/other credit reporting agency. That default will then be publically available for any other credit provider or potential credit provider.
Further, if you have personally guaranteed a commercial debt, the supplier can list a default against you personally as well – should similar attempts to collect and notice/s of intention to list be set out to the guarantor as well.
Once that default has been listed, it is extremely difficult to remove. Unless there is a genuine dispute and the credit provider knew about that dispute prior to lodgment, the default is likely to remain on the credit file for up to 5 years. Even if the debt is paid or settled, the default listing will not be removed from the record (rather it will just be updated to say paid and/or settled).
The impact of this can be severe:
Accordingly, this relatively cheap and easy tool can be potent in any debt collection process.
If you have any concerns regarding any credit default listing on your credit file, you can contact Gavin Parsons and Associates today for a free no-obligation consultation direct on 02 9262 4471 or email Gavin Parsons at email@example.com.