PSA from Atty General Dana Nessel:
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel is warning Michigan residents to beware of a new scam aimed at those struggling to pay rent. Scammers looking to capitalize on economic hardship the pandemic has caused countless families and individual that hardship may offer to provide assistance in the form of rent and utility payments or legal aid to avoid eviction, the FTC warns. To get help, residents must first provide personal information or money.
Anyone struggling to make rent payments should discuss it with their landlord and look into local programs that offer rental assistance and other help.
Those who are facing eviction or need help paying rent may soon find assistance through the COVID Emergency Rental Assistance Program (CERA) administered by the Michigan State Housing Development Authority (MSHDA). For those who qualify, there may be help available for past due rent and utilities.