Tenants to use rent payments to boost credit

Tenants to use rent payments to boost credit

It’s a refrain Mortgage Broker News readers will be all too acquainted with: “Why isn’t my credit report much better? I pay my rent each month. How can that not matter?”

Rent is the highest regular monthly cost for independent Canadians who do not own their own houses. Paying it on time isn’t constantly straightforward. For countless Canadians, paying rent needs choosing between conference one monetary responsibility or another. However, they make rent a leading concern.

That Canada’s credit bureaus have generally neglected such accountable behaviour. At the same time, charge card purchases and vehicle loans are offered outsized value is a dichotomy lots of declined customers will stop working to cover their heads around. Why should lots of late Visa payments topped years harm a credit report while a year of on-time rent payments isn’t even thought about.

To ravel that viewed imbalance and aid occupants in developing a more robust credit rating, the Landlord Credit Bureau recently began sharing rent payment information with customer reporting company Equifax. By sharing the details as a tradeline and therefore entering into an occupant’s credit history, LCB CEO Zac Killam states occupants’ payment histories will bring weight with “any credit granter who is examining a credit report to decide whether you’ve been accountable with your monetary history.”

Premier Mortgage president Don MacVicar states that the rent information’s status as a tradeline implies that lending institutions might see it in the same method as a mortgage payment. Likewise, they can utilize the quantity paid in rent to compute an occupant’s “shelter shock” levels.

“For example, if one pays $1,800 in rent, it would be affordable to identify that a person might pay for a mortgage payment and real estate tax for the very same quantity or greater when taking a look at price,” he states.

Landlords or tenants can register to be a part of the LCB platform. If occupants are the ones registering, they will require buy-in from the proprietor before sharing any information. Landlords who participate need to register their renters and report everyone’s rent efficiency– paid, paid late, didn’t pay– on a month-to-month basis. Tenants have the chance to visit, evaluate their occupant records, and conflict any inconsistencies or mistakes.

Accountable renters are offered the choice to share their favourable rent histories. Overdue occupants, nevertheless, will immediately have their details sent out to Equifax.

“Adding depth to credit bureau information is constantly practical,” states Equitable Bank vice president Paul von Martels. “If we see a candidate’s history of constant payments, we’re definitely much better off. Also, if somebody has a checkered past of paying rent, we ‘d like to understand!”


The program might benefit two crucial demographics: young Canadians and recently got here immigrants; groups that, because of their brief or non-existent credit report, frequently battle to show their credit reliability to loan providers.

“We can assist those individuals develop their credit report faster by putting their biggest regular monthly cost onto their credit report,” Killam states.

InTouch Mortgage Solutions’ Anthony Venuto concurs.

“This would be an excellent step if utilized and recoded effectively by proprietors,” he states.

Reporting rent efficiency might likewise assist tenants with bad credit who have developed a history of constantly paying their rent on time.

“These individuals might have made monetary errors formerly, however they’re unable to recuperate from them since property owners are pulling credit reports that have not consisted of rent information,” Killam states.

Another group that stands to advantage is tenants who have had their earnings interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic however are still paying partial leas. By concurring with their proprietors to an alternate payment strategy– and staying with it– these occupants can still get favourable occupant reports from their property managers.

“This is in fact a method which individuals can be enhancing their credit report in spite of remaining in an economically tight spot,” Killam states.

Although he thinks of the platform as an entire, Venuto has one booking.

“My worry is that proprietors might utilize this in a dishonest method to perhaps charge greater leas or trigger problems,” he states.

That hasn’t held up until now. Killam states “more than 90 percent” of the renter records have been favourable.

“Are they utilizing this to decrease late payments and delinquencies? Yes, however extremely they’re likewise utilizing it to reward accountable occupants,” he states, including that the proprietors and home supervisors utilizing the platform have experienced a 36 percent decrease in late payments and delinquencies, significantly enhancing homeowner’ net operating earnings.

Now a proprietor himself, Killam states his squeaky-clean history as an occupant might have made his home buying journey that much shorter if included in his credit report.

“Without concern, including my 16 years of on-time rent payment onto my credit report would have allowed me to delve into purchasing my own house far more rapidly.”

Ian Clark

Ian Clark is a graduate of The College of The North Atlantic's School of Business and is a Mortgage Broker with East Coast Mortgage Brokers. Prior to ECMB, Ian was brokering with Mortgage Alliance Provincial Mortgage Group. Ian is also an active member of Mortgage Professionals Canada, Canadian Mortgage Brokers Association, Canadian Progress Club and the Mount Pearl Paradise Chamber of Commerce.