Some states and the District have a special exemption that extends the time — it is three years in Maryland and the District — that debt collectors can pursue homeowners in court. With the exemption, that time period is extended to 12 years. After a judgment, collectors have an additional 12 years to collect and a one-time 12-year-renewal of that judgment, for a total of 36 years to pursue homeowners.

Steven Rich and Cristina Rivero - The Washington Post | Source: State attorneys general’s offices and private attorneys June 15, 2013
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