COVID-19, otherwise known as the Coronavirus, is causing many consumers to have disruptions in their income.
Many of these consumers are facing financial hardship and may have options available to help them alleviate financial stress during these uncertain times. Creditors may offer debtors who are facing a financial hardship a forbearance option to help out. It is important for those with debts to understand what a forbearance is, how can it help them, and how it will it impact their credit.
What is forbearance?
A forbearance is when your lender approves to temporarily postpone, suspend or pause all or part your payment obligation(s). Keep in mind that it is common for your interest to continue to accrue during any forbearance period and your loan balance may increase. Due to the current heath pandemic we are facing, some lenders are offering exceptions and are eliminating interest charges during any forbearance periods. It is vital to call your lenders to see what help is available. It would be wise to document, in writing, any forbearance and/or interest exceptions you get. Keep all correspondence, including emails and texts, and written notes in a safe place in case you need them at a later date.
How can forbearance help you?
In times of a financial hardship, the ability to forbear an obligation may help you maintain other vital living expenses. As an example, by forbearing a mortgage, automobile or student loan payment during a financial hardship, you can use those funds for basic necessities like rent, groceries or utilities.
Will a forbearance impact your credit score?
If you are required to make reduced payments during any forbearance period, you must make these payments timely or you should expect your credit score to suffer. The credit reporting system has special coding for lenders to identify an account that is in forbearance. The presence of such coding is not derogatory to your credit score.
If you are facing a financial hardship, speak to your lenders and ask them what options they have available to help you. If you qualify for forbearance, you should be able to avoid any credit damage. It is very important to get any forbearance agreements in writing, and keep them, in case your lender does not report your account accurately to the credit reporting agencies. Should errors occur, any written correspondence will help with repairing your credit.
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