A recent ruling now requires lenders who deny a borrower credit or offer a higher-than-normal interest rate show the borrower their credit score. The new rule is part of an amendment to the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act that was passed one year ago. The law requires creditors to provide additional information in adverse action notices if a credit score was used in making a credit decision.
A poor credit score can impact your ability to get a car loan, prevent you from being approved for a home mortgage, and can mean higher interest rates and less than favorable loan terms. This new law adds a level of protection for consumers, giving them access to crucial information that will give them the facts needed to make a change in their spending habits or seek debt relief alternatives. Fair Isaac and
Company, or FICO, the developer of the software that generates most of the credit scores used by U.S. lenders, estimates the new provision will result in more than 500 million credit score disclosures each year.
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