Newbury Park, CA asked in Collections and Consumer Law for California

Q: Can the owner of an office building submit a false claim to a collection agency? Is this illegal?

The General Manager of Regus failed to enforce pertinent rules of the Lease Agreement rendering my office unusable. After many discussions, letters, e-mail etc. went ignored, I was forced to terminate the lease 5 months early and move to another location. The amount submitted to collections is fraudulent and Regus owes me thousands of dollars.

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Sergio G. Chaidez
Sergio G. Chaidez
  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • San Diego, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: If they intentionally misrepresented a material facts, then you may have a cause of action for fraud. Further, if they breached the lease agreement, and you have proof (e.g., emails, inspection reports, etc.), then you may be entitled to an off-set, or even damages. Further, if this is being reported on your credit reports, and the claim is false, then you have another cause of action there. Do some more research or confer with an attorney about drafting a letter to the property manager about these issues.

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