D.C. Mayor Extends Debt Collection Restrictions

The restrictions are part of the COVID-19 state of emergency in Washington, D.C., and will be in effect through at least Dec. 31.

10/12/2020 8:00 AM

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D.C. Mayor Extends Debt Collection Restrictions

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has again extended the state of emergency order enacted in response to COVID-19, this time until the end of the year.

The order, dating back to this summer, was set to expire Oct. 9, 2020, and includes the temporary debt collection restriction that lasts 60 days after the state of emergency ends.

Washington, D.C., is in phase two of its COVID-19 response and additional measures were issued by the mayor as part of the extension of the emergency order related to outdoor dining and a safe return to work at government agencies, for example.

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine previously issued guidance on the debt collection provision of the COVID-19 Response Supplemental Emergency Act, which remains in effect, ACA International previously reported.

On June 8, the mayor signed a new consolidated Coronavirus Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, which contains all the previous restrictions on debt collection activities included in the original COVID-19 emergency response bill.  

The debt collection provisions will be in place during the period of the mayor’s emergency declaration and for 60 days after it ends.

According to the attorney general’s Debt Collection FAQs, “The Emergency Act covers any debt that is 30 days past due and was made for the purchase of goods, services, or property for personal, family or household purposes. This includes motor vehicle loans but does not include home mortgages or other loans on real property (Section 202 of the Emergency Act includes separate mortgage relief measures). For the duration of the declared coronavirus emergency, and for 60 days after its conclusion, the Emergency Act prohibits creditors and debt collectors from threatening or initiating any new legal action to collect a debt, visiting a debtor’s home or place of employment, or confronting the debtor about the debt in any public place. It also prohibits debt collectors, but not original creditors or entities who obtain the debt prior to its default, from communicating with debtors, including by phone call, email, or text message. However, communications relating to rescheduling court dates are exempted, and if a debtor initiates the communication, the debt collector may still respond to the request.”

For more information on how the ACA Licensing staff can assist with your licensing needs, please contact us at Licensing@acainternational.org or call (952) 926-6547.


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D.C. Mayor Extends Debt Collection Restrictions

Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser has again extended the state of emergency order enacted in response to COVID-19, this time until the end of the year.

The order, dating back to this summer, was set to expire Oct. 9, 2020, and includes the temporary debt collection restriction that lasts 60 days after the state of emergency ends.

Washington, D.C., is in phase two of its COVID-19 response and additional measures were issued by the mayor as part of the extension of the emergency order related to outdoor dining and a safe return to work at government agencies, for example.

District of Columbia Attorney General Karl Racine previously issued guidance on the debt collection provision of the COVID-19 Response Supplemental Emergency Act, which remains in effect, ACA International previously reported.

On June 8, the mayor signed a new consolidated Coronavirus Support Congressional Review Emergency Amendment Act of 2020, which contains all the previous restrictions on debt collection activities included in the original COVID-19 emergency response bill.  

The debt collection provisions will be in place during the period of the mayor’s emergency declaration and for 60 days after it ends.

According to the attorney general’s Debt Collection FAQs, “The Emergency Act covers any debt that is 30 days past due and was made for the purchase of goods, services, or property for personal, family or household purposes. This includes motor vehicle loans but does not include home mortgages or other loans on real property (Section 202 of the Emergency Act includes separate mortgage relief measures). For the duration of the declared coronavirus emergency, and for 60 days after its conclusion, the Emergency Act prohibits creditors and debt collectors from threatening or initiating any new legal action to collect a debt, visiting a debtor’s home or place of employment, or confronting the debtor about the debt in any public place. It also prohibits debt collectors, but not original creditors or entities who obtain the debt prior to its default, from communicating with debtors, including by phone call, email, or text message. However, communications relating to rescheduling court dates are exempted, and if a debtor initiates the communication, the debt collector may still respond to the request.”

For more information on how the ACA Licensing staff can assist with your licensing needs, please contact us at Licensing@acainternational.org or call (952) 926-6547.


Follow ACA International on Twitter @ACAIntl and @acacollector, Facebook and request to join our LinkedIn group for news and event updates. ACA International members are welcome to submit news items for possible publication to comm@acainternational.org. Visit our publications page for news submission guidelines and subscriptions to ACA Daily, Collector magazine and Pulse.

Advertising is available for companies wishing to promote their products or services. Be sure to visit the ACA Events Calendar on the Education and Training page to view our listing of upcoming CORE Curriculum and Hot Topic seminars featuring critical educational opportunities for your company.


Subscribe to ACA Daily NEWSROOM

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