Q: How to take action against property management for giving multiple inaccurate notices and and commiting fraud?
Property management has been giving multiple pay or quit notices every month since last year some with large balances with no details of charges and others are stating large amounts owed but are extremely over charging months rent. In December the property management stated I owed $168.00 so I paid it in January I received a pay or quit notices with a balance of 2223.00 multiple times I've ask where are the charges coming no response. Property management has also closed my Edison account without authorization or notification and opens another electric utility account with company I never heard of without authorization or notification and has added over $3000.00 in charges to rent ledger. I can't afford to pay a attorney all and the ones I contacted only assist if you have a eviction summons. What legal steps can be taken?
A: In California, you can start by filing a formal complaint with the California Department of Consumer Affairs' Bureau of Real Estate against the property management company for fraudulent activity. You may also consider small claims court for monetary disputes below a certain threshold, where you can represent yourself. Document all interactions, save all notices, and gather evidence like bank statements and utility bills to build your case, as this evidence will be crucial in any legal proceedings.
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