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Having been a victim of "double paints" and "excessive cleaning" to keep deposits, I hear your plight. Fortunately Arizona has good laws in the books to protect victims. Please see A.R.S. Section 33. There are many laws on the books to guide you on your journey to fight ridiculous and abusve damage claims. Thank you.
The first thing to do is to send a certified letter to the third party collection agency to dispute the charges. Since the third party collection agency falls within the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, the collector has to provide verification of the debt with information. This forces the collection agency to validate the debt themselves since they usually do not investigate the debt on there own, i.e., if if the debtor does not dispute the debt in writing within 30 days of notice, the debt collector assumes that the debt is legitimate. If you are unsuccessful disputing the debt after the collection agency verifies the debt, I would hire an attorney. Thank you.
Please give me the debt collectors number and I will gather the necessary information.