What to do if my apartment turned me into collection agency claiming that I did not give proper notice?

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What to do if my apartment turned me into collection agency claiming that I did not give proper notice?

I was turned into a collection agency after they claimed I did not give them 30 days notice. I did give them verbal 30 days notice and the 1-year lease was expired. We were notified that we owed money for terminating lease and we proceeded to request a copy of the lease sent to us for review. We never heard from the complex again. Now, 3 years later, I find out I’ve been turned over to a collection agency and had no idea. It has destroyed my credit. How were we supposed to know we got turned into collection agency?

Asked on July 30, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Pennsylvania

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FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

In this day and age on has to assume that an unpaid debt will be turned over to a collection agency by a debtor. As to money owed by you, most likely there is a four year statute of limitations to collect on the money supposedly owed by you for breach of contract.

If no lawsuit is filed in four years of your alleged breach of your lease, then most likely the claim would be time barred. If so, then you should write a demand letter to the credit reporting agency to have the negative mark removed from your credit score since it is an unadjudicated claimed barred by your state's statute of limitations.


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