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DC passes debt collection bill

State Issues District of Columbia Debt Collection

State Issues

On September 1, the District of Columbia Mayor signed B24-0347, which updates the District’s collection laws by expanding protections to cover most consumer debt, including medical and credit card debt, in addition to strengthening existing protections for DC consumers. Among other things, the bill: (i) prohibits excessive communications that qualifies as harassment, including making over three phone calls in a 7-day period; (ii) increases penalties for debt collection violations; (iii) clarifies that no one can be jailed for failing to pay a debt; (iv) prohibits debt collectors to communicate any information regarding a person’s debt to their employers or family members; and (v) clarifies that debt buyers are required to follow all laws applicable to debt collectors. The law is effective September 23.

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