Summary: H.R.2498 — 107th Congress (2001-2002)All Information (Except Text)

There is one summary for H.R.2498. Bill summaries are authored by CRS.

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Introduced in House (07/12/2001)

Rent-To-Own Reform Act of 2001 - Amends the Consumer Credit Protection Act to prohibit seller-imposed interest, finance charges, or other fees in a rent-to-own transaction that exceed maximum interest, fees, or finance charges that may be charged for a credit sale or retail installment sale for the same or similar item under the laws of the seller's State.

Prescribes guidelines for authorized seller termination charges.

Grants a rent-to-own transaction: (1) the same warranty and guaranty protections as apply to a consumer credit sale or retail installment sale; and (2) specified statutory protections under the Truth in Lending Act, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act, the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and the Fair Credit Reporting Act..

Mandates specified seller disclosures on goods in a rent-to-own transaction, including payment terms. Prohibits specified seller practices. Grants the Federal Trade Commission enforcement powers.

Subjects a seller to civil liability to the consumer for violations of this Act.