It’s time to ban dangerous debt collection during COVID

Source: Diane Thompson & Seth Frotman, Morning Consult

April 1, 2020 marked the day that the COVID-19 pandemic morphed from a public health crisis to a consumer protection crisis. After March bills strained already stretched household finances, April 1st marked the first missed mortgage, rent or credit card payment for millions of people, with no relief in sight.

For many, that missed payment was swiftly followed by a call from a debt collector demanding payment. Debt collectors have extraordinary collection powers — from seizing military pay to having borrowers arrested. And now all across the country, debt collectors are challenging stay-at-home orders and fighting to be deemed “essential” amid a pandemic so they can continue to pursue consumers for unpaid debt. 

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