23 CRR-NY 1.3NY-CRR
23 CRR-NY 1.3
23 CRR-NY 1.3
1.3 Disclosures for debts for which the statute of limitations may be expired.
(a) A debt collector must maintain reasonable procedures for determining the statute of limitations applicable to a debt it is collecting and whether such statute of limitations has expired.
(b) If a debt collector knows or has reason to know that the statute of limitations for a debt may be expired, before accepting payment on the debt, the debt collector must provide the consumer with clear and conspicuous notice, in the same medium (such as via telephone or electronic communication) by which the debt collector will accept payment, that:
(1) the debt collector believes that the statute of limitations applicable to the debt may be expired;
(2) suing on a debt for which the statute of limitations has expired is a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. section 1692 et seq.;
(3) if the consumer is sued on a debt for which the statute of limitations has expired, the consumer may be able to stop the lawsuit by responding to the court that the statute of limitations has expired;
(4) the consumer is not required to provide the debt collector with an admission, affirmation, or acknowledgment of the debt, a promise to pay the debt, or a waiver of the statute of limitations; and
(5) if the consumer makes any payment on a debt for which the statute of limitations has expired or admits, affirms, acknowledges, or promises to pay such debt, the statute of limitations may restart.
(c) The following language satisfies the notice requirement contained in section 1.3(b) of this Part:
“We are required by regulation of the New York State Department of Financial Services to notify you of the following information. This information is NOT legal advice:
Your creditor or debt collector believes that the legal time limit (statute of limitations) for suing you to collect this debt may have expired. It is a violation of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, 15 U.S.C. § 1692 et seq., to sue to collect on a debt for which the statute of limitations has expired. However, if the creditor sues you to collect on this debt, you may be able to prevent the creditor from obtaining a judgment against you. To do so, you must tell the court that the statute of limitations has expired.
Even if the statute of limitations has expired, you may choose to make payments on the debt. However, be aware: if you make a payment on the debt, admit to owing the debt, promise to pay the debt, or waive the statute of limitations on the debt, the time period in which the debt is enforceable in court may start again.
If you would like to learn more about your legal rights and options, you can consult an attorney or a legal assistance or legal aid organization.”
23 CRR-NY 1.3
Current through October 31, 2020
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