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I am sorry to hear about this unfortunate situation.
Did your roommate move out and surrendered her keys to the house to you?
So, now she is coming to your house without permission?
How is she getting inside the house?
the carport is open
it is like a garage that does not have a door
we share it with the neighbors
I know what carport is, but what I do not understand is how this former roommate is able to get back into the house?
she did not get in the house
So where did she get the items from?
from the carport?
What type of items do you store in the carport and what was taken by this former roommate?
im not sure we think a box of glasses, most importantly we just dont want her there and would like her to pay us back is that a possibility
Thank you for that follow up.
Did the items that were taken by this former roommate belong to her or to you?
Well, you can report the theft to the police.
That would be the first step to prevent this roommate from coming around your house.
Does this make sense?
yes, anything else
first of all we dont exactly know what she took
Did you sign any agreements with the former roommate's attorneys?
Did you have a written agreement with this former roommate?
we have documentation that said she wanted us to use her 500 deposit for rent then her lawyer said that was against the law
Well, you can file a lawsuit against this former roommate in the small claims court, however it is difficult to enforce verbal agreements, as it turn into "he said / she said" type of a case.
he then said that we could take her rent out of the security deposit for the days I said you just said that was against the law
It is not against the law.
how do text messages hold up in court
so i have documentation for the lawyer as a threat saying it is
If the tenant owes money for delinquent rent, such delinquent rent can be deducted from the tenant's security deposit, with a proper notice.
Text messages, can be used in court as evidence, as long as it can be authenticate that the person has sent them.
so my only option at this time is to notify the policy and make a report and go to small claims court
Correct. Police report would be the first step.
i dont think it is worth my time
Also, have you considered installing a camera in the carport, to document any future issues with this roommate?
Are you referring to filing a police report or filing a lawsuit in small claims court? Which one is not worth your time?
if i installed a camera and caught her what options would i have then
What is the total amount of the damages that you suffered?
Right, trespassing, harassment, stalking, etc...it would help to document this activity.
Do you have new mailing address for this former roommate?
but she did a change of address
all her mail is going there
and i have her lawyers info
he was nice he said she was not a great person
Well, if you can find the new address for your former roommate, it also would be a good idea to send her a notice by certified mail with return receipt requested, and let he know that she is not welcome at the rental property and if she does enter the rental property that she would be considered to be trespassing and such illegal activity will be reported to the police..
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i was hoping we could teach her a lesson
Well, if this former roommate is caught stealing from your carport, it might be possible to have her charged with theft.
i know that is juvenile, but I want her to go away. It has been a month and now my neighbor reports this
Well, you need to start documenting this issues.
ok thank you. we have notified the police of the first
so we will document now too.
It will be much easier to pursue criminal charges, if the issues are documented on video and also confirmed by your neighbors.
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