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Old 09-28-2015, 07:59 AM
 
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The money owed is from some damages my security deposit didn't cover (things like carpet stains, etc). They never contacted me about it. Now, three months later, I find out I've been sent to collections for two grand. What can I do? I don't want this affecting my credit, and something tells me they can't just do that to me.

Yes, they know my new address, phone number, and e-mail
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Old 09-28-2015, 08:00 AM
 
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State Landlord Tenant Laws

read here then proceed as needed.
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Old 09-28-2015, 08:00 AM
 
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call them !
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Old 09-28-2015, 08:51 AM
 
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Did you not receive anything itemizing why you weren't receiving your security deposit back? Sounds to me like you didn't expect a deposit back. Did you have that much damage that you just didn't expect the deposit?
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Old 09-28-2015, 09:21 AM
 
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Did you not receive anything itemizing why you weren't receiving your security deposit back? Sounds to me like you didn't expect a deposit back. Did you have that much damage that you just didn't expect the deposit?
This. Why did you ever call about your deposit?
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Old 09-28-2015, 11:35 AM
 
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I knew there were a few things wrong with the apartment when I left that would reason that I wouldn't get back my deposit. There were a few stains on the carpet and I didn't have time to clean it, so I knew they would ding me for that.

But no, they never sent me ANYTHING. Nothing itemized, nothing stating I might owe or that I did owe. Then a few months go by and I get a call from PDM Collections Agency.
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Old 09-28-2015, 11:35 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ area
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Step 1 is to contact the landlord and get the state mandated statement which will list all the deductions and why, and in some states the receipts. When you call you need to update them with your current mailing address and see if they will pull the account from collections. If you didn't leave a forwarding address it is very likely your state requires them to send it to the last known address which is the unit you rented.

Initial collections calls do not put anything on your credit, if you ignore them they will ding you but normally it is after a month. If the landlord will not pull the account from collections then you need to contact them to setup payment arrangements to protect your credit. You can always sue them later for the money if you find out it was all bogus but you can protect your credit now by making arrangements, I would set them for as low as they allow.
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Old 09-28-2015, 11:36 AM
 
Location: Phoenix, AZ area
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What state are you in OP?
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Old 09-28-2015, 11:45 AM
 
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Keep pushing the collection agency to show you the evidence or drop the case. If they won't do that, you will have to go to court; and most likely the collection agency will drop the case on the day of; or the judge will dismiss the charge.
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Old 09-28-2015, 01:10 PM
 
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What state are you in OP?
The apartment was in Florida, but I moved to Maryland
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