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2022

February

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  • Free weekly credit report offer extended through 2022. Free weekly access to your credit reports will be available through the rest of 2022, according to an announcement from the three major credit-reporting companies. That means you can continue to access your credit reports from
  • Rents are up more than 30 percent in some cities. Average rents rose 14 percent last year, to $1,877 a month, with cities like Austin, New York and Miami notching increases of as much as 40 percent, according to real estate firm Redfin. And Americans expect rents will

January

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  • Credit bureaus drew more than half of consumer complaints. A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reveals that more than half of the complaints the agency has received from the public from January 2020 to September 2021 were directed at Equifax, Experian or TransUnion,
  • Here’s what pandemic aid remains available. There continues to be billions of dollars in federal rental assistance accessible to tenants who’ve fallen behind. The National Low Income Housing Coalition has a state-by-state list of the
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  • Consumer Action INSIDER - January 2022. Start 2022 right with Consumer Action's INSIDER newsletter. Learn about what we are up to with the goal of improving consumer protections and consumer rights.

2021

December

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  • Many home insurance premiums are rising. Across the country, homeowners renewing their policies are discovering that rising material costs, supply chain disruptions and climate change are combining to drive premiums up by an average 4 percent to an average annual premium of $1,398,
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  • The return of the 10-minute eviction. Nobody in Phoenix was better or more practiced at the business of eviction than Lennie, who had personally removed more than 20,000 Arizonans from their homes during the past two decades as the area’s
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November

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  • Consumer Action INSIDER - December 2021. This month's newsletter features articles on how to (attempt to) stop robocalls; a rundown on our recent 50th anniversary convening, looking at five decades of consumer protections (which you can now watch on YouTube); advice for safeguarding your financial data from a recent webinar; new class action settlements you can join; and more.
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  • Last chance to get advance child tax credit. It could be a financial lifeline just in time for the holidays — a child tax credit payment to cover food, rent or presents for children in households struggling to make ends meet. The American
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  • Consumer Action INSIDER - November 2021. The INSIDER rundown: Certificates of recognition for 10 allies, advocates and board members; Hotline Chronicles on how to address identity theft; the CFPB's new director; BofA settles class action lawsuit about auto-pay options; and more.

October

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  • Justice Department to expand redlining investigation efforts. The Justice Department announced Friday a cross-government effort to investigate and prosecute redlining, the practice of banks discriminating against racial minorities or certain neighborhoods. It is the first major expansion of redlining investigations since the
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  • Consumer Action INSIDER - October 2021. In this month's edition, we report on our upcoming 50th anniversary events, warn rental car customers about the often unexpected cost of tolls, highlight recent coalition efforts and CFPB activities, and alert readers to a class action suit against Wells Fargo for unrefunded GAP fees.

September

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