I have read this question/answer that suggests that it takes 7 years for items to clear from a credit file.
Is this the same in the UK? And in the meantime, if I have late payments showing on my report, what can be done to mitigate the effects of this on my credit ratings?
Suppose I have credit card abc for 2 years, with a brilliant credit history and no late payments; And credit card xyz from 3 years ago with a few late payments, (the account is now closed), will this still affect my ratings? Even though I have been responsible with the new credit card for 2 years?