Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer Wants to Protect Individuals from Unscrupulous Debt Collection Practices

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer Wants to Protect Individuals from Unscrupulous Debt Collection Practices

(Sacramento - April 18, 2018) – This week AB 2825, by Assemblymember Reginald Byron Jones-Sawyer, Sr. (D – South Los Angeles) passed the Assembly Banking and Finance Committee, with a vote of 10-0.

AB 2825 would protect individuals with debt from towing fees, parking tickets, and past due rent from unscrupulous debt collection practices.

Under current law, the Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act prevents debt collectors from using the threat of physical force or violence, defamation, the use of obscene language, arbitration or legal proceeding when the statute of limitations on the debt has expired.  Unfortunately, these protections do not apply to towing charges, unpaid parking ticket, and past due residential rent. AB 2825 corrects this issue by adding these, debts to the Act.

“While it is important that we all pay our debts, it is also important for debts to be settled fairly and without the use of loan shark tactics. Debt collectors should be held to the same standards no matter how a debt was incurred.  Debt collectors should not be able to threaten or harass anyone, which is why AB 2825 is so important,” said Assemblymember Jones-Sawyer.