Q: Can a sue a ex tenant in small claims court that owes me three months of rent and part of the water bill?
There is a lot more to the story. There was no lease. I have watched enough court shows to know this means it is month to month. She stopped payment on a rent check, refused to pay April's rent and then moved out sometime in May without notice. If she would have paid the two month so owed me I would let May slide but since she refuses to be a decent human being she owns me three months of rent (750 x 3) plus half of the water bill (536/2). I would like to send a certified letter from a lawyer to try and keep this out of court.
A: From your description of the situation, it seems that you do have grounds for a lawsuit.
You may benefit from "a la carte" or "unbundled" legal services, in which you hire an attorney to draft a letter on your behalf and hope that that scares the other party into compliance.
If that does not work, you will need to file suit in order to get a resolution.
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