credit reporting agency


credit reporting agency
A private company that collects and sells information about a person's credit history. Clients, such as banks, mortgage lenders, credit card companies, landlords, and potential employers, use the information to screen applicants. There are three major credit reporting agencies, Equifax, Experian, and TransUnion, and they are regulated by the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act.
Category: Bankruptcy, Foreclosure & Debt → Debt & Collection Agencies
Category: Employment Law & HR → Human Resources
Category: Employment Law & HR → Employee Rights
Category: Personal Finance & Retirement
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Buying a House
Category: Real Estate & Rental Property → Renters' & Tenants' Rights

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

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