My tenant moved out in January without paying the $1,200.00 in rent money that she owed me. Her mother had signed a guarantee to ensure payment would be made. I have been in touch many times with my ex-tenant who assured me she would make her payment as soon as she found employment. I also contacted her mother requesting payment and indicated that I would eventually take them both to legal proceedings if I did not receive payment from one or the other. I gave them six months and still nothing. I just received word that my ex-tenant is working so I left her another message about paying the rent money but so far she has not responded. Has too much time passed now? Is it worth going through small claims court for this amount?Your advice would be appreciated.
Province/Territory relating to question: Ontario
I have a string of email and text messages with both the mother and my ex-tenant as proof of her commitment to pay.
Yes it is.
There is no reason not to sue
You can sue in Small Claims Court and self-represent.
But really the most likely scenario is that you send each a demand letter, by Registered Mail and you will get paid.
In the letters set out the facts and what is owed to you and provide a deadline for paying that you set and make it quite short.
Tell them if they fail to comply you will commence legal proceedings and will be seeking interest and your costs.
I bet you get that money before you have to start the Claim.
If you do have to sue and need some more help just post on this site again and I am happy to assist you.
Here is a link to the information about Small Claims Court and the process. It has the Forms as well.