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We've been asking you to send in your questions of what's bugging you and what you want to see covered. And 7 On Your Side is getting you answers.

Federal Subscriber Line Charge

If you have a land-line, you may have noticed this charge on your bill. A viewer has residential service through AT&T and wrote in to ask us about the Federal Subscriber Line Charge listed on her bill.

The charge totals $6.62. According to the Federal Communications Commission, this fee is what you pay your local phone company to get connected to the telephone network.

The FCC website also says that this fee is capped at $6.50. The viewer wants to know if she's being overcharged.

Turns out, she's not.

AT&T Spokesperson Josh Gelinas told us:

"The increase is the result of Federal Communications Commission reform to the inter-carrier compensation/USF in late 2011. This created a new federal charge called the ARC (Access Recovery Charge)."

Gelinas says the new charge went into effect in July 2012 and took the total up to $6.62 in most of the Southeast.

For a look at the FCC's Consumer Guide on phone bill charges, click here. It walks you through charges for both residential land-line service and wireless service.

SC Eviction Laws

Christy Gunter rents an apartment in Greenville, and asked in part:

"I was on a month to month rental agreement. I've never been late on my rent. On May 31st, I received a certified letter from my landlord saying that I had to move in 30 days. Don't you have to have a reason to evict someone?"

We checked into it and found it depends on the situation. According to the South Carolina Landlord Tenant Act, the landlord does not have to give you a reason for eviction, if the lease term has ended.

The landlord also doesn't always have to give written notice of an eviction if it's stated so in the rental agreement. So make sure you understand the lease and how the landlord handles evictions.

For more on the state's eviction laws, click here.

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