CFPB Complaint


Consumer Complaint Submission

Date Received: 2018-01-23T00:00:00

Product: Other debt

Issue: Took or threatened to take negative or legal action

Consumer Consent Provided to Share Complaint: Consent provided

Consumer Complaint: I had a lease with XXXX XXXX XXXX michigan that endedXX/XX/XXXX. I paid my rent as agreed in the lease for the entire 12 months. In XXXX i subitted my written notice to vacate with my rental payment. The check was cashed. When i turned the keys into the office on or about XX/XX/XXXX they asked me to fill out a form and i did so. I think the company is using that form and ignoring my written letter from 60 days prior to say i violated the notice clause in the lease. I never received my XXXX security deposit and i did not get a list of damages from the apartment complex within 30 days, but i did give them an address within 4 days of vacating as set by law. I called once to inquire about the security deposit but no one ever called me back. On XXXX or about 90 days after i vacated and lease expired i received a notice from XXXX and XXXX stating I owe {$1500.00} to them for the apartment. I called the apartment complex first and they gave me this collection co number to answer any questions. I called and asked how they came up with {$1500.00} in charged and they stated I didnt give 60 days notice to vacate and they said there was damage to the apartment. The collection company said the debt will be eligible for a judgement on XXXX XXXX th, which I took to mean I was Being sued but they couldnt/wouldnt tell me where. I believe the threat of legal action is not appropriate because the apartment has not followed the law on how they handled my security deposit and in Michigan a landlord has 45 days to start a law suit which they failed to do and typically this means after that deadline it is not a legitimate debt. The collection compsny demanded {$1500.00} and i sent a certified letter disputing the debt and asking how they calculated the fees. They responded onXXXX with a statement showing a {$1200.00} nonsufficient notice fee that is not listed in the lease. This statement was dated XX/XX/XXXX but it was never received by me and when i called the leasing co to ask about the security drpisit no one ever called me back and when i called after getting the first letter they referred me to the collection company who demanded the money and told me they would seek legal action on XXXX XXXX th- whic is a weekend. I felt threatened that if I didnt pay this would create legal problems for me and destroy my credit. Because they wouldnt tell me how I could defend myself against a lawsuit from them I felt like i had no option but to cooperate with them and give them information they were seeking.



State/Zip: MI 489XX

Company Response to Complaint: Closed with explanation

Was Company Response Timely: Yes

Did Consumer Dispute Company Response: N/A

Complaint ID: 2790152

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