Field hearing on payday lending in Richmond, VA
CFPB Director Richard Cordray announced that the CFPB is considering proposing rules that would end payday debt traps by requiring lenders to take steps to make sure consumers can repay their loans. The proposals under consideration would also restrict lenders from attempting to collect payments from consumers’ bank accounts in ways that tend to rack up excessive fees. The strong consumer protections being considered would apply to payday loans, vehicle title loans, deposit advance products, and certain high-cost installment loans and open-ended loans.
The proposals under consideration provide two different approaches to eliminating debt traps: prevention and protection. Under the prevention requirements, lenders would have to determine at the outset of each loan that the consumer is not taking on unaffordable debt. Under the protection requirements, lenders would have to comply with various restrictions designed to ensure that consumers can affordably repay their debt. Lenders could choose which set of requirements to follow.
The CFPB is considering proposed rules to require payday lenders to take steps to make sure borrowers could afford to pay back their loans in order to eliminate debt traps