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
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.
Brent Lattin is managing counsel in the Office of Regulations at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, where he has worked since 2015. Brent graduated from Stanford University and the University of Chicago Law School. Before joining the Bureau, Brent worked at the Federal Reserve Board and in private practice. At the Bureau, Brent works principally on installment lending, debt collection and consumer reporting issues.
Shelley Thompson is a Counsel in the Office of Regulations, specifically working on regulatory implementation and guidance issues. She has been at the Bureau for the past eight years in a variety of offices and roles. Prior to her work at the Bureau she was a Policy Analyst at the Office of Management and Budget and clerked for the Superior Court in Passaic County, New Jersey.