Need Help. Apt. Mgmt. is taking to me court..
I have lived in One Apartmnet compound for 6 years, and 4 years in the same two bed room Apt.
I have been wanting to move out from this place becuase of the Mgmt., they treat you like you live there for free. (Eg:- when you complain about AC, they ask you to open the window,etc.)
Anyway, I moved out from there in end of June. My wife and myself spent a couple of week cleanin up that place, but still with some crayon marks,etc. on the wall.
Since I did not find a new place when I had to give them move out notice, I gave them my work address.
Suddenly, a couple of weeks back I got a Attorney Letter from the Apt. Mgmt. asking me to appear in the court to pay 780 (Maint.Chg.) + 300 Attorney Fee. Actually, that was the first letter I ever recieved from them.
I called the Apt. Office and said, I haven't reived your first letter, hence I shouln't be paying Attorney Fees. But we can discuss other charges. Some of their claims are true, as I have two kids and there are some crayons marks,etc. which I could not remove, or some pen marks,etc.
But some are outright lie, like bed room carpet, kitchen floor,etc. They all are very clean. You can't clean better than that, unless you hire real professionals. Keep in mind, I have lived there four years.
But they rejected and said, I have to pay the entire money, if I do not want to go to Court. And the Mgr. told me, If I went to court, even if I pay the money after judgement, that will go to my credit Report. Is this True ?. If I go to Court, and I pay the money as per judgement, will it still go to my Credit Report ?
Anyway, while I was discussing with her, she (the Apt. Mgr.) agreed that I can go with her to vist the APt. so I know what now they are talking about. I pointed each thing like Bed room carpet, kitchen floor,etc. and asked about them. She pointed me 1-2 very very small particle on the floor and said Kitchen is not clean. And for carpet, she is not willing to give any explanation, just that "it is not clean". So I took some pictures and left.
IN addition to above question, my question is, If I go to Court and present my case, why I shouldn't be paying for Attorney fee (I did not reieve the first letter), and I am willing to pay some of the charges, and some are very exaggerated, will I Get some favourable judgement.
Any help, guidance will be very highly appreciated.