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The costs related to your home or apartment probably comprise the bulk of your expenses each month. Let us help you understand how to obtain and maintain your "home sweet home."

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If you are faced with foreclosure, you can work to save your home - or at least limit the financial damage caused by foreclosure - if you understand your options and take the appropriate steps.

Latest Home Articles

Contractor was paid but never did work

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?

How much notice must landlord give tenant before raising rent?

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?

Landlord won't make repairs

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?