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Old 02-08-2010, 07:24 PM
 
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The reason they are choosing YOU to pay is because they know where you are. They usually go after the easiest. It doesn't make it right but that is how it is done. Tell them you can afford to pay 25 dollars per month and if they want more they will have to take you to court. Can you afford 25 a month?

Also make sure they are not putting the screws to you. Get out the lease and see if those charges are indeed in the lease. Also if they rented the apartment right away they cannot charge you for the remainder of the lease if it is rented. By law they are required to rent it as soon as possible. In other words they just can't sit back and not rent it expecting to get the money from you.
good luck....hopefully Karma will strike your ex some day soon.
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Old 02-09-2010, 09:20 AM
 
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another thing, if you hire an attorney you might be out more than what you would've paid to the darn landlord.
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Old 02-09-2010, 11:06 AM
 
Location: NW Indiana
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another thing, if you hire an attorney you might be out more than what you would've paid to the darn landlord.
I'm a paralegal in Indiana. I doubt your need for an expensive attorney at this point. Small Claims Court is easy to navigate. Fill out a form; pay a nominal filing fee; provide the court with your ex's address so they can serve the papers on him. Often, when someone is served with a "Notice of Claim" initiating a small claim action, that alone will prompt the defendant to cough up whatever he/she owes. But you will also need to have available for the court some paperwork showing your ex's financial obligation, receipts or other proof of payments which were made on the contract (lease), etc. The more documented proof you can produce that the defendant owes you money, the better.

I also agree with the poster who said that one option is to seek legal aid counseling. If you're in a city near a law school, the school probably has a department which could give you some advice for free or for a nominal fee.

Good luck!
PJ

PS - If you go to court (the clerk's office) to file a claim, bring cash with you, or call in advance to see whether they accept credit or debit cards. Most Indiana courts do not accept personal checks.
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