A late fee? But I paid my rent on time!

Stacey Hopkins pays half a month’s rent after a new owner moves into the building and changes the due date for rent checks. But now she’s being charged a late fee. What’s going on? Read more “A late fee? But I paid my rent on time!”

Hey, what’s this disposition fee from Hyundai?

When Kim DeBiase ends her lease for a Hyundai Sonata, the dealership demands a $400 payment for a disposition fee. And that puts her in a bad disposition. Does she really have to fork over the money?
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At hotels, ‘for your convenience’ rarely is

Look out — the hotel “convenience” wave is spreading.
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The surprise $70 “application” fee wasn’t so visionary

When Otis Millbrook Jr. applies for a new, low-income home in California, his application is turned down. But not before the company extracts a $70 “application” fee. Is that right? Read more “The surprise $70 “application” fee wasn’t so visionary”

How does your bank lie to you? Let me count the ways.

If you don’t trust your bank, you’re in good company. With financial regulations unraveling, and in the wake of several shocking banking scandals, it’s remarkable we haven’t all switched to a digital crypto-currency like Bitcoin and ditched our financial institutions. Read more “How does your bank lie to you? Let me count the ways.”