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1 Answer | Asked in Contracts, Civil Litigation, Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Puerto Rico on
Q: How much does it cost to file a small claims case in Boquerón, Puerto Rico?

Is it proper to file in small claims court to be released from a rental contract paid 1 year in advance? There was a breach of contract by landlord. We're looking to get our rental fees for the rest of the term of contract.

Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte
Nelson Jose Francisco Alvarez-Aponte answered on Nov 15, 2018

Hello and thank you for using JUSTIA. The case needs to be filed in the district court due to the amount and matter being claimed. You would file a breach of contract case. The costs are $750.00 retainer and 20% of the amount recovered. The amount placed by the court as legal fees would be... Read more »

1 Answer | Asked in Contracts and Small Claims for Puerto Rico on
Q: How do I go about filing small claims dispute in court if the merchant lives in Puerto Rico and I live in New Jersey?

This merchant will not return my down payment. My wedding was supposed to be in Puerto Rico but because of the massive hurricane hitting my wedding was cancelled by the resort . The merchant took my down payment on 9/12/17 and the hurricane hit on 9/18/17 the hotel I was supposed to have my wedding... Read more »

Leonard R. Boyer
Leonard R. Boyer answered on Jan 23, 2018

You will have to have the merchant personally served in Puerto Rico. Everything else would be the same. Depending on the amount of money involved, you may want to retain counsel, but collecting on a Judgment may be very hard.

1 Answer | Asked in Small Claims for Puerto Rico on
Q: Does the person I want to sue in small claims court have to live in the same city that the court is located in?
Naomi Jusino
Naomi Jusino answered on Jan 8, 2017

In Puerto Rico, when you have a claim (collection) for $15,000 or less, you have to file the claim in the City of residence of the defendant.

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