Lake In The Hills, IL asked in Civil Litigation, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Illinois

Q: Are Emails and text exchange allowable as evidence in small claims court.

My X landlord will not return my full deposit. He has made false claims ie.

1. Floor repair covered by insurance. I have copy of receipt signed by landlord. Want to charge me $125 to clean house after repair.

2. Clean common areas, even though 3 other tenants occupied which include the landlord $165

3. Clean room I rented although no damage was done. have photos of room the way I left it and receipt for carpet cleaning the day I left. $387.

4. Change House lock. I have text message from fellow tennant that the locks were never changed. $125.

5. Background check done after I left. States due to short stay. $95

6. want to charge for time to respond to Order of Protection court appearence because case was dimissed. $250

total $1142.00 out of $1700 deposit

1 Lawyer Answer
Swati S. Desai
Swati S. Desai
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Lincolnshire, IL
  • Licensed in Illinois

A: Yes, emails (and text messages) are allowed as evidence in small claims court.

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