Thank you for your kind patience,
You should not pay these people any more that the March rent of $1,850 plus the $100 late fee. And, here is what you should do, step by step:
Make copies of the following and bring them to Court with you:
1. Gather all your rent receipts, or cancelled checks that you used to pay the rent; make copies and take them with you to show the Judge;
2. Make copies of the email that they sent you stating that you owe only the $1,850 plus the $100 late fee;
3. Make copies of the checks for $500 which you paid twice and was applied to the rent;
4. Make copies of the envelope showing the postmark as proof that you mailed it on the date you told them you mailed it. Do not open the envelope. Let the Judge open the envelope and let him see for himself that you had a check in the amount of $950 in the envelope.
All of the above will prove to the Judge that you paid the rent. Also bring whatever proof you have as to the amount that was stolen from your business and that is why you made partial payments. Tell the Judge that when you were making these partial payments, at no time did they ever say that you owed anything more than the amount that they indicated in their email
Late Fees, and Attorneys' Fees
Tell the Judge that the envelope containing the check in the amount of $950 which you sent by Certified Mail proves that you did not send it in late. What the post office did and the mailman's inability to deliver it was totally out of your control once you mailed it. They did not have to sue you and incur legal fees, therefore, you should not have to pay their Attorneys' fees.
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