No. of Recommendations: 0
You are lucky in one respect: Mass. laws are very tenant oriented and you are likely to win IF you challenge it. Did you get your security deposit back? If not, and they cannot prove that the damage isn't normal wear or they don't have evidence of repair (ie. a bill) you are legally entitled to triple damages, plus court costs and legal fees. The entire state code is online at and explains this if you don't mind legalese. However--if you just sit on the collection notices, everyone's credit rating is likely to suffer--whether the tenants are at fault or not. Although it normally takes a court judgement for a collection agency to impact your rating, don't take this for granted. I highly recommend finding out your rights, possibly talking to an attorney, and contesting the bill NOW. Another good place to start reading online are the fair credit acts. If someone doesn't following the rules while trying to collect, YOU are entitled to sue. Remember though, the threat of a lawsuit is almost always more powerful then the lawsuit itself. Consider the bill an attack on you and act defensively, as needed.

> large real estate company in Boston said that my >roommates and I owe them around $1,600 for
> random damages. We lived there two years and I am >positive they are charging us for general wear
> and tear.
Print the post  


UGC Disclosure Notice Regarding Credit Card Posts
Community board discussions about credit cards are not provided or commissioned by banks who may have advertising relationships with The Motley Fool. Responses have not been reviewed, approved or otherwise endorsed by the bank advertiser. It is not the bank advertiser's responsibility to ensure all posts and/or questions are answered.
TMF Credit Center
The Motley Fool Credit Center arms you with real tools and simple messages, that will help you in every credit situation.
When Life Gives You Lemons
We all have had hardships and made poor decisions. The important thing is how we respond and grow. Read the story of a Fool who started from nothing, and looks to gain everything.
Contact Us
Contact Customer Service and other Fool departments here.
Work for Fools?
Winner of the Washingtonian great places to work, and Glassdoor #1 Company to Work For 2015! Have access to all of TMF's online and email products for FREE, and be paid for your contributions to TMF! Click the link and start your Fool career.