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Is there anything in your lease agreement that says disputes are to arbitrated?
Since there is no arbitration provision, heither party has the right to arbitrate any dispute. At this point it is up to the landlord take action to pursue any claim against you. You can contact the credit reporting agency that the claim of an amount due is disputed because the landlord returned your security deposit after deducting any claimed damages. Your position is the matter is settled. The credit reporting company will have to report the charge as idsputed. As for the landlord, you should simply notify him htat there has been settled and you owe nothing. If the landlord wants to pursue it he will have to go to court and at that time he will have to provide the justification for his position. If you deal with the credit reporting agency any other action up to the landlord not you aas he is claiming the money.
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If the credit report has not corrected the companies bad information which is what I understand from your post, then you can sue the landlord for damages in small claims court where you do not need a lawyer. Once you get a successful resutl in small clams court then you can use the court decision to require that the negative entries in your credit reports be deleted.
The only option available to the landlord is filing a complaint in cocurt, small claims or a higher court. The other thing they do is negatively reporting your credit. If you do not care about the credit reporting issue you do not need to do anything. If the landlord does not file suit they will never collect what they claim you owe. If you want to challlenge the credit reporting, you would file suit for the false reporting on the credit report.
If they have not satisfied you that you in fact owe them anything, and you do not have to file any suit. Just because the leae expired and they returned the security deposit does not prevent them from claiming additional damages if they could not reasonably have discovered them at the time they repaid the security deposit. It would be their obligation to show both that you owe the additional money and they could not have known it at the time they repaid the security deposit.
If the dispute is about someting for which you were separately metered and paid to the city directly, then you would have any resonsibilty for any other charges the landlord had. If the utility charge was a passthrough to you based on what was being charged to the landlord, the landlord would have more than a year to seek to recoup any under charge it made based on the town charges assuming the town was coming after the landlord for the undercharge. Since I do not know the details of your precise situation I cannot say what situation applies. If I have answered all your questions please rate my answer great service as that is how I gdet credit.
If you were billed based on a meter, then I do not know on what basis there were be a "factor" to multiply by. Any such factor would have to be reflected in your lease. I would take the position you were billed based on your meter and there is no other charge due. It is not about a calculation. Also, the statute of limiteations on a contract dispute is loinger than a year, it is six years. There may be a different period if the dispute arises from a utility charge from the utility company. Please do not forget to rate my answer.
Your legal position is that you were separately metered and paid the bills based on that metering. There is no other "factor" to apply to those charges as none is provided for in the lease. The collection agency will rather settle than go to court so it will be easy to just pay just what is owed without interest. They will have a difficult time proving you owe anything.