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November 04, 2010
Dear Consumer Ed: I paid a contractor a $3,900 up-front deposit for a $5,400 contract for work on my home. He never began the work and is ignoring my phone calls. Can I get my money back?
Dear Consumer Ed: The apartment I rent has a 12-month lease. The property was recently sold and the management company changed. I am concerned that they may raise the rent at the end of the lease term. How far in advance of my lease expiration are they required to notify me of a planned rent increase?
Dear Consumer Ed: There is a leaky water pipe underneath the house I rent. I’ve spoken to my landlord about it several times over the last two months, but he won’t fix it. What can I do to get this repaired? Also, am I still responsible for paying my water bill, which, thanks to this leak, has gone from $77 to $142 a month?