Your home is one of the most valuable assets you own. Know your rights and learn how to spot the red flags to protect it from predators:
- Unsolicited offers to buy your home or pay off your mortgage
Scammers like to operate in secret. Before making a major decision to sell your home, talk to family and friends.
If you want to sell your home, contact an independent, licensed real estate agent to protect your interests.
- Unwelcome visits, calls, or letters
You should document all conversations with suspicious people. You have a right to photograph or videotape your conversations with other people.
- Threats to call code enforcement
HUD-Approved Housing Counselors are always free and can help you connect to trusted home repair programs. Contact HUD at 800-569-4287.
- Pretending to work for the city
You have a right to ask for ID.
Report scams to the Ohio Attorney General at 800-282-0515 and call the Legal Aid Society of Columbus at 888-246-4420 for help. The Legal Aid Society of Columbus is a nonprofit law firm that provides free legal services to low-income
and elderly residents of Central Ohio.
Southside Hope is a local nonprofit that supports the revitalization of neighborhoods. Contact us at 614-886-9922.