CFPB Extends Comment Period on Time-Barred Debt Disclosure Proposal

The CFPB last week announced that it will extend until June 5 the comment deadline for its proposal on time-barred debt disclosures. This supplemental proposal addresses the collection of time-barred debt, which is debt that has run past any applicable statute of limitations. Specifically, the proposal requires debt collectors to make certain disclosures if the collector knows or should know that a debt is time-barred. The proposed rule would also require that debt collectors disclose, if applicable, that a payment made on a debt can revive the statute of limitations and enable the collector to sue to collect.

The supplemental proposal accompanies the bureau’s existing proposed rule which, if finalized, would modernize and clarify rules around third-party debt collection as governed by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. The FDCPA does not generally apply to creditors collecting their own debts, and thus would not generally apply to banks; however, many banks place debt with third-party debt collectors and must monitor vendor compliance with the FDCPA.