Consequences of Not Paying Off Debt

| Tedis Baboumian |

Consequences of not paying off debt

When you have debt, the idea of not paying it off can seem very appealing. After all, if you don’t pay your debt, it will just sit there and do nothing. However, there is more to the story. Not paying off your debt could result in legal action against you for nonpayment.  And even if you don’t find yourself in a lawsuit, there are many other problems that will emerge:

Your credit score will go down.

If you can’t pay back your debts, it will be reflected in your credit score. Your credit score is a three-digit number that determines your ability to repay any type of loan. A good credit score can help you get lower interest rates on loans and other services, while a bad one may make it difficult for you to borrow money at all.

Your credit report contains information about your debt, including any balances from unpaid bills (called “arrears”), as well as court judgments against you for failing to pay off those debts. Each negative item will have an impact on how lenders treat the rest of your history — meaning that even if you’ve paid off one loan but have been late with others, lenders will assume that this pattern will continue until proven otherwise

Your debt-to-income ratio will suffer.

With a higher debt-to-income ratio, it becomes more difficult to qualify for new credit, meaning that your overall ability to take on more debt is limited.  This situation can lead to a vicious cycle where you can’t get loans and don’t have enough money to pay off existing debts—which hurts your credit score and makes it harder to get financing in the future.

Mortgage lenders will also look at your debt-to-income ratio when deciding whether or not they’ll approve housing loans. They may reject the application if they see that you’re carrying too much debt relative to your income (as determined by their underwriting models).

You will find it hard to qualify for new credit.

If you do not pay off your debt, it will become difficult, if not impossible, to qualify for new credit.

You may have a hard time getting approved for a new credit card, loan, or apartment lease if your debt is still outstanding. You’ll also find that it’s difficult to buy a house or car if you don’t have an established track record of paying off debts in full each month.


There are many good reasons to get out of debt as soon as possible, and ignoring debt is never the right answer. Nonpayment will hurt your financial position and credit score immediately and will also create long-term impediments to financial opportunity. By taking action now, though, you can avoid or minimize all of these negative effects!

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