Landlord charging for normal wear and tear upon move-out

July 22, 2015 20:44 by Consumer Ed
Dear Consumer Ed:   We recently moved out of a house we lived in for two years.  While tenants, we got routine lawn maintenance, monthly cleaning service, and always paid our rent on time. When we moved out we had the carpets shampooed, the house professionally cleaned, lawn mowed, patche... [More]

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Preventing identity theft of a deceased spouse

July 8, 2015 16:38 by Consumer Ed
Dear Consumer Ed: My husband passed away. What steps can I take to prevent someone from accessing his information and committing identity theft?  Consumer Ed says:  There are several things you can do to protect your late husband’s identity from theft.  First, report the deat... [More]

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How will new chip-and-PIN technology for credit/debit cards affect who is liable for a fraudulent transaction?

June 24, 2015 20:22 by Consumer Ed
Dear Consumer Ed: I heard that the magnetic strip on debit and credit cards is going to be replaced with chip-and-PIN technology. How will that affect who is liable (consumer or merchant) in the case that a fraudulent transaction occurs? Consumer Ed says:  The financial responsibility for f... [More]

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