Community Development FAQs

What should I do if I gave a contractor a down payment to start work but he never returned to do the job?

File a police report and contact the Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs at 216.664.4529 to file a complaint.

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Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
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Consumer Rights

Last updated: 03/26/2015 - 10:12am

Q982
I hired a contractor who never finished the job. What can I do?

If the contractor is not responding to or cooperating with you, contact Consumer Affairs at 216.664.4529 and a representative can assist in trying to resolve your problem.

From:
Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
Category:
Consumer Rights

Last updated: 03/26/2015 - 10:11am

Q983
Are all cars covered under the Lemon Law?

No, Ohio's Lemon Law only covers new vehicles in the first 18,000 miles or less than one year old. For additional information, contact the Ohio Attorney General Office at 1.800.282.0515.

From:
Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
Category:
Consumer Rights

Last updated: 03/26/2015 - 10:16am

Q1002
What is small claims court?

Small Claims Court is part of the court system which allows an inexpensive, informal way to resolve a dispute with an individual or a business. An attorney is not required, but you may use one if you prefer. For additional information contact the Cleveland Municipal Court at 216.664.4966

From:
Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
Category:
Consumer Rights

Last updated: 03/26/2015 - 10:10am

Q1003
How do I get telemarketers to stop calling?

You can register online on the National Do Not Call Registry website, or call 1.888.382.1222.

From:
Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
Category:
Consumer Rights

Last updated: 03/26/2015 - 10:17am

Q1004
Where can I go to get a report of my credit history?

A recent amendment to the federal Fair Credit Reporting Act requires consumer reporting companies to provide you with free copies of your credit report, at your request, once every 12 months.

  • Equifax: 1-800-997-2493
  • Experian: 1-888-397-3742
  • TransUnion: 1-800-888-4213

There's only one online source authorized to do so. Beware of other sites that may look and sound similar.

From:
Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
Category:
Consumer Rights

Last updated: 03/26/2015 - 10:08am

Q1005
What can I do to research the value of a used car?

To help you investigate and compare prices, several publications are available that give general guidance on value for many models. Your library, bookstore, bank or insurance agent should have a copy of the monthly National Automotive Dealers Association Official Used Car Guide, monthly Kelley Blue Book or Edmund's to estimate a car's resale value. Comparing prices of similar makes and models can give you an idea of which seller offers the best deals.

From:
Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
Category:
Consumer Rights

Last updated: 03/26/2015 - 10:15am

Q1006
What should I know before making a final payment to a contractor?

Following these steps can help protect your rights and investment. Make sure:

  • All work meets the standards indicated in your contract
  • You have a copy of the contractor's City of Cleveland License/Registration Certificate
  • You have written warranties for materials and workmanship
  • You have proof that subcontractors and suppliers have been paid. Laws may allow a mechanic's lien to be filed against your home to satisfy unpaid bills!
  • All excess material, tools and equipment have been cleared away and the site has been cleaned to your satisfaction
  • You have inspected and approved the project
From:
Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
Category:
Consumer Rights

Last updated: 03/26/2015 - 10:12am

Q1008
What should I know before refinancing?

These tips can help you make a wise decision:

  • Be careful! Variable rate loan payments can increase drastically, while fixed rate loan payments don't change
  • Do not refinance low-interest loans with higher interest ones
  • Consider the total of all fees- including closing costs
  • See if there are prepayment penalties
  • Ask if the monthly payment includes property taxes and insurance
  • If you're not sure, DON'T SIGN! Consumer credit agencies or housing counselors can assist you. Dial First Call for Help at 211 for the location nearest you
From:
Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
Category:
Consumer Rights

Last updated: 03/26/2015 - 10:13am

Q1009
What can I do to avoid losing my home to foreclosure ?

Call the Cuyahoga County Foreclosure Intervention and Prevention Program at 216.436.2000. In addition, several foreclosure-related assistance providers can be reached through First Call For Help by dialing "211"

From:
Office of Fair Housing & Consumer Affairs
Category:
Consumer Rights

Last updated: 03/26/2015 - 10:14am

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