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USTP Informational Notice of Emergency Rental Assistance Program

The widespread economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has affected both individuals and families who have fallen behind on rent, as well as landlords who rely on rental income to meet their own expenses.  As federal and state eviction moratoria expire, millions of American households could face displacement from their homes in the coming months.  This could potentially spur an increase in bankruptcy filings.

 

Through funding from the Department of the Treasury’s Emergency Rental Assistance (ERA) program, there are a wide variety of state, territorial, tribal, and local government programs that have been tailored to address the special needs of communities during these difficult times.  The U.S. Trustee Program (USTP) has partnered with the Treasury Department to help raise awareness about ERA in the hopes of helping individuals to avoid bankruptcy altogether or, at a minimum, better position debtors to exit bankruptcy successfully. 

 

To assist in this effort and ensure that debtors are informed about relief that may be available to them, the USTP has prepared the Informational Notice (Notice) on ERA programs that is posted on our website.  The Notice provides an overview of ERA, along with links to learn about available options by state (and, in some cases, county), get answers to frequently asked questions, or find a HUD 11approved housing counselor, among other things.  It is available in both English and Spanish.

 
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New Prime Rate as of December 15, 2022

Posted By General
December 16, 2022 Category: Prime Rate

Effective December 15, 2022, the new Prime Rate is 7.5%, which means the presumptive rate per Administrative Order 17-02 is now 9.5%. For cases that are confirmed on or after December 15, 2022, and reference Administrative Order 17-02 for personal property secured claims, the rate to use is increased from 9% to

Trustee's Percentage Fee

Posted By General
June 28, 2022 Category: Trustee Percentage Fee

While the Cleveland Office of the Chapter 13 Trustee continues to work diligently to keep the administrative fee as low as possible, we find it necessary to increase the administrative fee at this time.  A new administrative fee of 6% has been approved by the United States Trustee effective July 1, 2022.  This office will not seek dismissal of any case running beyond 60 months due to this increase in the

Warning: Scammer Alert

Posted By General
June 07, 2022 Category: Scam

A Trustee’s office received a call from a debtor who said he had been communicating with the Trustee through text messaging and that the Trustee advised the Debtor that he was $1,500.00 behind on his case.  The scammer proceeded to tell the Debtor he would need to send $1,500.00 in gift cards. The debtor then used cash to purchase 3 gift cards of $500.00 each, scratched off the gift card sticker and sent pictures of the front and back of the gift cards through text message to the scammers.   The Trustee’s office found out about this when the debtor called to verify that the office had received the $1,500.00 payment.  By that time, the scammers had all the information needed to spend the $1,500.00 for on-line purchases.   The debtor continued to communicate with the scammers (after the Trustee’s office told him not to) and asked them to prove it was the Trustee by giving him names of people who worked in the office.  The scammers dropped some names of attorneys that we think they may have gotten from an internet search for local bankruptcy attorneys.   The phone number given to the debtor is no longer in service - not a surprise.  Additionally, Trustee's believe the same kind of scam could be perpetrated by the scammers pretending to be a mortgage company or servicer and claiming that the mortgage is behind.   Please remember:  the Trustee will never text, call or email a Debtor asking for payments to b

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