Preserving Tenants’ Debt Collection Rights Under CDC Eviction Moratorium

May 19, 2021, 2:00 p.m. ET–3:00 p.m. ET
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Last year, as the COVID-19 health and economic crisis fell upon us, millions of tenants found themselves  in danger of losing their homes. In 2020, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued a temporary order to shield struggling tenants from eviction. As a follow up, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau recently issued an interim final rule, effective May 3, 2021, that provides certain debt collection rights for tenants protected under the CDC order. 

What You Will Learn 

  • What tenants’ fair debt collection rights are under the CFPB’s new rule 

  • How to apply the rule’s protections 

  • How to bring potential Fair Debt Collection Practices Act claims against landlord attorneys for violating the new CFPB rule 

Speakers

Seth Caffrey is senior counsel in the Office of Regulations at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he has worked since 2013. He graduated from Columbia University and Harvard Law School. Before joining the Bureau, Seth clerked for Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum on the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York and Judge Susan L. Carney on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He also worked in private practice. At the Bureau, Seth has worked principally on debt collection and consumer reporting issues. 

Christine Hines is legislative director of the National Association of Consumer Advocates (NACA). 

Ahmad Keshavarz established his law firm, The Law Office of Ahmad Keshavarz, in 2000. His practice is devoted entirely to consumer protection. The large majority of his practice is devoted to filing FDCPA lawsuits holding debt collectors accountable for executing on vacated or sewer service judgments, seizing exempt social security or unemployment benefits; suing tenants for rent not owed; or suing on behalf of family members of nursing home residents for nursing home debt they do not owe. Ahmad Keshavarz has a B.A. with Honors from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, a J.D. from the University of Texas at Austin, and a Master’s in Public Policy from the L.B.J. School of Public Affairs. 

April Kuehnhoff is a staff attorney in the National Consumer Law Center’s Boston office, where she advocates for fair debt collection. She is the co-author of NCLC’s Fair Debt Collection and a contributing author to Surviving Debt. 

CLE Credit

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