New York Consumer Law Blog

Tuesday, December 10, 2019

How to get a free credit report


Monitoring your credit report is a smart and simple way to be proactive about your finances. Checking your credit report regularly can help you spot fraud early and ensure the correct information is reported to the credit bureaus. 

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Friday, December 6, 2019

Adam Singer's Appearance on Today's Verdict


I enjoyed sitting down for a TV interview this week at the studio for NYC's own legal news show Today's Verdict.  Topic was credit report errors and how consumers can monitor their reports for free via annualcrediterport.com.  

(Also a pleasure meeting and watching the interview of Commissioner Salas of the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs.
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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

How does getting married affect your credit?


First comes love. Then comes marriage. Then comes many discussions about how you should manage your finances as a couple. Getting married is a big life milestone and a great chance to take stock of your financial situation — that includes your credit cards. 

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Monday, December 2, 2019

Robots Are Taking Over (the Rental Screening Process)


For decades, when you applied for an apartment, the landlord—or a tenant screening company hired by the landlord—would examine your credit file and pay stubs to verify your ability to pay rent. But today, landlords are using the artificial intelligence revolution to predict something else: Your willingness to pay rent.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Which Credit Score Do Lenders Actually Use?


Not much has changed over the years in terms of consumers' challenges in obtaining the same credit score that lenders obtain.  

 Here's an article from 2017 in Forbes highlighting the issue: https://www.forbes.


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Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Equifax settles case with woman who sued after a credit file mix-up allegedly ‘destroyed’ her family’s life


A separate “mixed file” case against Equifax went to trial in 2013 and ended with a $18.6 million jury award. The sum was reduced to $1.62 million in damages and $300,000 in legal fees during post-trial proceedings.

During that trial, an expert for Equifax testified mixed files could happen in 1% to 2% of all credit files.
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Tuesday, November 19, 2019

What happens when you miss a credit card payment?


Wonder how a late payment affects consumers differently?  See a sample comparison by FICO.

https://www.cnbc.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Hairdresser, Plumber, Lawyer: A Job License Could Help You Get a Loan


A new credit score will soon factor in consumers’ rent payments and professional licenses to help them get approved for loans.


https://www.wsj.
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Monday, November 11, 2019

Here is the 1 credit card you should almost always avoid


When you shop at retailers in-store or online, chances are you’ve been asked at checkout if you want to apply for a store card. They frequently come with tempting offers — sign up and get a huge discount on your purchase — but there are several drawbacks to consider before you apply.

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Wednesday, November 6, 2019

Family Finances: Consumers have few weapons to battle credit bureaus


Have you ever found yourself fuming at the credit bureaus? You have plenty of company.

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