You should view the entire Fair Debt Collection Practice Act and become familiar with your rights and responsibilities as a debtor. It is quite lengthy so we have listed the chapter outline here from the U. S. Government web site as well as detailed some of the more frequently asked questions from consumers. You can also listen to a short MP3 version of a radio recording from the FTC.
Sections 803 through 812 are of primary concern to debtors including what actions debt collectors may and may not take, what constitutes abuse, harassment and illegal actions, as well as section 813 which outlines civil liability for violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act.
If you use credit cards, owe money on a personal loan, or are paying on a home mortgage, you are a “debtor.” If you fall behind in repaying your creditors, or an error is made on your accounts, you may be contacted by a “debt collector.”
You should know that in either situation, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act requires that debt collectors treat you fairly by prohibiting certain methods of debt collection. Of course, the law does not forgive any legitimate debt you owe.
Check out commonly asked questions from the FTC about your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
If you have questions, you should speak with an attorney in your area. Here’s is how to find the right one!
Review the provisions of the Fair Debt Collection Practice Act for your own protection.
U. S. Government Fair Debt Collection Practice Act Chapters
TITLE VIII – DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES
801. Short Title
802. Congressional findings and declaration of purpose
804. Acquisition of location information
805. Communication in connection with debt collection
806. Harassment or abuse
807. False or misleading representations
808. Unfair practice
809. Validation of debts
810. Multiple debts
811. Legal actions by debt collectors
812. Furnishing certain deceptive forms
813. Civil liability under the FDPCA
814. Administrative enforcement Fair Debt Practice Collection Act
815. Reports to Congress by the Commission
816. Fair Debt Collection Practice Act Relation to State laws
817. Exemption for State regulation
818. Effective date of Fair Debt Collection Practice Act