FAQs for Trust Deed

What is the duration of a trust deed on your credit report?

A Scottish trust deed is an efficient solution to get out of unsustainable debt, and it allows you to start over financially once the trust deed term is through. However, like with any legitimate debt procedure, there are drawbacks that must be considered.

One of these concerns is the negative impact a trust deed has on your credit score, as well as the possible influence on your financial condition both now and in the future.

Any type of official debt process, as well as the original defaults that lead to this option being considered, will remain on your credit file for six years. So, if you’re in a situation where debt has become overwhelming, adopting the trust deed method is at least a step in the right direction.

What effect does a trust deed have on your credit report?

Although you’re accepting responsibility for your financial predicament and taking steps to improve it, signing a trust deed shows that you’ve previously failed to meet the contractual terms and conditions of loan.

Financial organisations utilise credit files to help them make lending decisions and determine whether borrowers can afford to repay their loans over time. They’re an important aspect of the application process that lenders use to manage risk. So, how long do trust deeds stay on a credit report, and what can you do if you discover an error?

What is the duration of a trust deed on your credit report?

A trust deed stays on your credit history for six years, which is longer than the average period of most trust deeds, which is three to four years. When you’ve finished the trust deed and fulfilled all of your duties, the creditors who were part of the agreement should notify the credit reporting agencies that their debt has been’settled’ or’satisfied.’ Obtaining credit or future borrowing will be difficult during the trust deed’s duration, and even after you’ve been discharged, until you’ve been able to rehabilitate your credit rating.

What if your credit report is incomplete or inaccurate?

It’s a good idea to provide the credit reference bureaus a copy of the discharge certificate issued by your trustee if your credit file is erroneous because it could impair your capacity to borrow in the future.

You should get a copy of your credit file from each of the three major credit reference companies – Experian, Equifax, and Callcredit – a few weeks after you’ve been freed from the trust deed to make sure it’s been updated and that the information they have on you is correct.


Although your creditors have obligations under the Data Protection Act, you cannot always ensure that they will update the credit reference agencies on your circumstances, and the insolvency practitioner serving as your trustee is not responsible for updating your credit record. This is why it’s critical to take control of this part of the process.


The advantage of entering into a trust deed is that any leftover debt is written off at the end of the process, allowing you to restore your damaged credit file and start over with a ‘clean slate.’


Scotland Debt Solutions can provide you with further information regarding Scottish trust deeds and their impact on your credit file. We will halt all phone calls and mailings from those you owe money to if you take out a trust deed with Scotland Debt Solutions. We will communicate with your creditors on your behalf, informing them that you have signed into a Trust Deed and that all future correspondence must go through us.