Are you ready for summer?
Choose that summer rental wisely
There is nothing like a 90 degree day to get you in the mood for summer. But if you are planning on renting a cottage or cabin, you might want to do some homework to make sure it turns out well. To make it easier, the MA Office of Consumer Affairs and Business Regulation has prepared a fact sheet which gives tips on choosing the right rental and what to do if problems arise. If you can, visit the property or get a recommendation from a friend. Use a credit card instead of cash. Consider a rental agent instead of using the Internet. Make sure your questions about distance to the public beach or shopping are answered to your satisfaction. Put any verbal agreements in writing and don’t sign anything you don’t understand. And make sure that your agreement provides for the unexpected. You don’t want to pay for a cottage you cannot enjoy because of electric outages or worse!
What's on your mind?
Dear Consumer Gals,
My small bank was taken over by another bank. When I ordered new checks they came with my home address on them even though I expressly told them to leave it off. They said that's the only way their printer does them. What can I do?
Read the Consumer Gals' answer
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