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FTC steps up to enforce law against warranty-voiding limitations

You know those warnings you see that say your warranty is void if you remove the sticker, break the seal or use a competitor's replacement parts? You see them all the time on consumer products and automobiles. That doesn't mean they're legal.

In fact, there is a law prohibiting just those types of warranty-voiding limitations. It's called the Magnuson-Moss Warranty Act and it's enforced by the Federal Trade Commission.

Proposed bill for increased overdue rent penalties

Finding affordable housing in Austin is already a challenge for many residents. Rent and home prices outpace salaries leaving over half the city’s population spending more than 30 percent of their monthly income on housing. In addition to high rental costs, overdue rent fees further add to the affordability crisis.

Austin tenants should be aware of a pending bill making its way through Texas legislature. The bill, backed by the Texas Apartment Association, would allow Texas landlords to charge higher late charges for monthly rent. If approved, the bill would significantly raise the initial and daily late fees for renters.

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