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Car Repossessions in Garages, Gated Communities or Gated Areas

August 19, 2019

A repossessor sometimes completes a repossession by following a car into a gated area or gated community (sometimes referred to as “piggybacking”), or the repossessor drives in when someone exits the gate. Both situations amount to a breach of the peace and are unlawful. California statutory law and caselaw define a breach of the peace…

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Licensing Requirements for Repossessors

August 18, 2019

In California, a company needs a “repossession agency” license to locate or recover a vehicle. The licensing is provided by the Bureau of Security and Investigative Services (BSIS), a division of the California Department of Consumer Affairs. Acting as a repossession agency without a license is a crime and grounds for a civil lawsuit in…

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California’s New Fair Debt Buying Practices Act

January 30, 2014

California’s Fair Debt Buying Practices Act is now effective, as of January 1, 2014. It applies to any consumer debt sold or resold on or after January 1, 2014. The Fair Debt Buying Practices Act restricts the written statements debt buyers can make to consumers in attempting to collect a debt, and prohibits a debt…

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California State Senate Passes Fair Debt Buyer Practices Act

February 1, 2012

The California State Senate has passed the Fair Debt Buyers Practices Act, which will require purchasers of consumer debt (“debt buyers”) to provide documentary evidence to consumers in order to ensure that their collection efforts are directed at the proper individual. Debt buyers generally purchase defaulted bulk consumer obligations (thousands at a time) for pennies…

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