Daily Archives: June 7, 2015

Consumer Protection Forum on Construction Violations, Foreclosure Scams and Mortgage Regulations

OAG housing forum flierThe Office of the Attorney General is hosting a forum to educate homeowners and homebuyers on scams and pitfalls on Thursday June 11th from 6:30 -8:30pm at the Shaw/Watha T. Daniel Neighborhood Library, 1630 7th Street NW, adjacent to the Shaw/Howard University Metro Station (R Street Exit).                                                                                                  
Attorney General Karl A. Racine, other Office of the Attorney General (OAG) staff, and representatives from the D.C. Department of Consumer and Regulatory Affairs (DCRA), the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) will educate homeowners and those looking to purchase a home about potential consumer pitfalls associated with homeownership – including construction violations, fraudulent contractors and house-flippers, foreclosure scams, mortgage regulations and other issues. The experts will also answer consumers’ questions.

BACKGROUND
Earlier this month, OAG filed suit against a Virginia couple who, the suit alleges, have violated District law by selling improperly and unlawfully renovated homes. As part of OAG’s consumer-education efforts, the agency is partnering with other District and federal government agencies to reach out to homeowners and potential homeowners to educate them on how to protect themselves and their investments against such bad actors. For more on OAG’s house-flipper lawsuit and tips for those purchasing and renovating homes, see: http://oag.dc.gov/release/attorney-general-sues-house-flippers-serial-shoddy-and-unlawful-work-shares-tips-home-buyers.

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311 – Gateway to City Services

Need to request a city service? Have a question but not sure which agency to contact?

“The Office of Unified Communications’ (OUC) 311 Call Center Operation provides a one-stop service experience for constituents, residents and visitors searching for DC government services, numbers and information. The Operation was designed to make the public’s interaction with the city government less frustrating.

Dial 311, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to request scheduled services such as trash removal, pothole repair, bulk pick-ups and recycling collection. Callers can also use this number to report a missed scheduled service, inquire about city agency phone numbers and hours of operation, and to pursue other customer service-related items.”

You can also request a service, check the status of a request and view a map of requests online at 311.dc.gov or download the handy convenient phone App available.

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