The act extends the time in which debtors experiencing financial hardship due to the COVID-19 emergency may have extraordinary debt collection actions suspended. Existing law required a judgment creditor (creditor) to provide a notice to a judgment debtor (debtor) before instituting an extraordinary debt collection action, which includes an action in the nature of a garnishment, attachment, levy, or execution to collect or enforce a judgment. The debtor may suspend the collection action by notifying the creditor that the debtor is experiencing financial hardship due to COVID-19. The obligation to provide notice and the suspension of the collection action were effective through February 1, 2021. The act extends the effective period for the notice and the suspension to June 1, 2021. If a collection action has already been suspended by the debtor, the suspension is now effective through June 1, 2021.
In addition, under existing law, up to $4,000 cumulative in a depository account or accounts in a debtor's name is exempt from levy and sale under a writ of attachment or execution through February 1, 2021. The act extends that date to June 1, 2021.
(Note: This summary applies to this bill as enacted.)