I’m Being Sued.
March 25, 2013
My former landlord, North Rim Properties, is suing me for $3,069.76 in backed rent and $500 in attorney fees for a total of $3,569.75. The marshal told the people who receive my mail that my wages could be garnished to obtain this money.
North Rim is being very crooked here. First of all, when I rented the apartment in 2010, the rent was $950. They raised the rent retroactively before the year was up, and there was no rider on the lease. That may or may not be relevant here, and the evidence for this is buried in my storage unit. They did a breakdown of what I owe them, and it’s absurd. They already took my security deposit of $981.93. They were paid through December of 2011. I moved out on January 15, 2012, and my lease ended March 31, 2012. They are demanding payment of $87.15 for January, $981.93 for February, $981.93 for March, and $1,108.75 for April. The latter figure is patently absurd. The summons actually says “the agreed lease sum of $1,018.75 per month,” when I never agreed to any such sum. That was the amount on the lease renewal, which I never signed, and they got my keys back in the mail in February. I have to show up in court within twenty days or they will literally steal this amount from me through garnishment of future wages. As far as I’m concerned, I owe the landlord nothing, and they are demanding $1,518.75 more than they have any right to even contest. If they can make me pay them $1,018.75 for April 2012 rent on an apartment I neither occupied nor agreed to pay for, I should be allowed to force anybody to pay me anything I want.
I was also sent a letter by Ian H. Rodier of Rodier Law Offices, offering me a free consultation. The letter notes that my bank accounts will be seized and my wages will be garnished. They have an A+ rating on the Better Business Bureau’s website with only one complaint, so they may be my best bet, but I really do not know.