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I'm thinking about using Monzo as my current account, mostly because it gives a nice itemized breakdown of different types of payments going in and out of the account. I've seen that there's a current account switching service which I could use to move things over from my current current account. I understand that if I use this service, any stray payments which got sent to my old account would be forwarded to my new current account for three years after the old one was closed.

I have a couple of questions related to switching;

  • If stray payments to the old account get forwarded for three years, would I be notified when this happens?

I imagine a scenario where my friend has my old bank details saved on his online banking, and sends some money over to me within three years of the switch. This gets forwarded to my new account, but I'm not notified that it happened. So then I don't know to tell him to update the old details that he has, and he sends me some more money to the old account details four years after the switch. Now the money gets lost somewhere and it's a hassle to get it back.

If this is the case, it seems to me like it would be better to leave the old current account open for some extended period of time and forward any payments myself. Then I would be able to notify anyone who had my old bank details. This leads on to my next question;

  • Is there any downside to having additional current accounts open?

It seems to me like I could just have both accounts open, no problems. Would this negatively affect my credit score or something like that?

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  • Out of curiosity, for us Americans for whom "current account" is a business accounting term, not something used by individuals, what is a current account?
    – RonJohn
    Jun 23 at 13:04
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    I tried to put 'current account' as my tag and it told me to put the 'checking acount' tag on instead so I assume that's what you guys call it.
    – Joe
    Jun 23 at 13:12
  • That's what I figured. Thanks.
    – RonJohn
    Jun 23 at 13:25
  • For the second part of your question (is there a downside to having multiple accounts open) see money.stackexchange.com/questions/109638/… (ignore the accepted answer, I've linked straight to the most upvoted one. Jun 23 at 13:30
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There is nothing to stop you having multiple current accounts open. I have two at the moment, and have had three at one time. You will need to keep track of how much money is in each, especially if you pay bills from one, while receiving your income into another. You don't want to go overdrawn on one account while you have plenty of money in another.

If you have an overdraft facility, this will be in your credit record. So closing an account will remove that line of credit. For that reason, keeping an older account open may make some minimal improvement in your credit score.

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