Know your rights

Q. A little less than a year ago, I let a former friend use my credit card to buy a new tire. I couldn’t go with her, so I just told her to take the card and have them call me if there were any issues. No one called, so I assumed it all went well.

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Question: About five months ago, my husband and I rented an apartment. Now my husband is being transferred to another city. If we do have to move soon, we’ll break our lease by six months. The landlord says we will owe him for leaving early. Is he right?

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Q. My car was repossessed. Now, a year later, I received a notice from a debt collector that I still owe $6,000. How can this be? They have the car, shouldn’t that be the end of the matter?

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Q. Can the new owner of an apartment complex no longer accept checks, money orders or cashiers checks and make me pay online? It clearly states in my lease that I can pay online or at the management office by check or cash.

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Q. My apartment lease was up in December. Since that time we have had a month-to-month agreement. I am now moving out. I gave proper notice. I am afraid my landlord will not return my security deposit. Can I require the landlord to use my security deposit for the last month’s rent?

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Q. I hope you can assist me with this problem. I purchased a car from a dealer that purchases vehicles from auctions for re-sale. The vehicle was purchased under a contract that said it was “as is” and did not come with a warranty. It has been two days since the date of purchase, and this vehicle now has major problems. What are my rights as a consumer wanting to return this vehicle and get a refund? Don’t I have three days to change my mind?

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Q. Two years ago, my siblings and I inherited some land owned by our father. There are about 200 acres. Now, three of us want to sell, but one refuses. Can we force our brother to sell the property?

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Q. I purchased a new pedigree puppy. As soon as I got it home, it became very ill. I immediately brought it to the veterinarian, but after two days and $1,000 in expenses, the puppy died. The vet said that the dog was extremely ill the day I bought it. The seller refuses to help pay the vet bills or even give me my money back. What are my legal rights?

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Q. I want to sue my landlord. I know his name because he signed the lease but have no other information. The clerk told me I need an address to serve him with the petition if I want to sue. How do I find out where he lives?

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Q. I was sexually assaulted at my apartment. I am very scared to live there and asked the landlord if I could terminate my lease. He said if I left early, I would be breaking the lease and would continue to owe rent. Do I have the right to leave?

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