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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?

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    I would call one of the rating agencies. Not that they have an universal policy, but you might get an idea. I see credit cards on my account on equifax for the past 5 years. Not sure about experian. – DumbCoder Jul 7 '14 at 14:50

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