Dear Consumer Ed: In the state of Georgia how much time do landlords have to inspect and give you an itemized list of damages after you move out of an apartment? To refund the security deposit? Are there treble damages in Georgia if they break the rules?
Browse Questions: Housing
Dear Consumer Ed: My phone company has offered to give me a lower rate on my phone service if I switch to something called VOIP. What in the world is that? Will my phone work if the power goes out?
Dear Consumer Ed: The power was out in my apartment for a week as the result of a bad storm. I could not stay there because it was too cold. Shouldn’t the apartment complex prorate my rent?
Dear Consumer Ed: My roof was damaged during a recent storm. A roofer came to my door and, after looking at my roof, offered to replace it for $20,000. He said the company would pay my insurance deductible if I agreed to let them put a sign in my yard with their company name on it. The price seems high, but they said my insurance would cover all of it. Do you think this is on the level?
Dear Consumer Ed: Can a utility company charge me for a previous tenant’s utility bills? I am a new tenant in a rental home. The owner passed away last year, and apparently after the medical bills were paid, there was no money left in the estate. I am now being told that I cannot get electricity or water service until these bills are paid. Who is legally responsible – me or the estate that is financially broke at this point?
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Dear Consumer Ed: Can waste companies charge an environmental fee for recycling? If so, are there any regulations as to what they can charge?