My wife and i received new PCS orders and moved out of a rental that we still had time left on the lease. The owner was very nice at the beginning and we gave him all of the security deposit to try and help him out since we thought he was a nice old man. Now he is harassing us via e-mail he has called my old employer and is now calling my wives command. I want to know what we can do to have this stopped. We gave him the SSCRA code and a 40 day notice. All was well until about 3 weeks ago, we had been in our new house for about a month when he starting asking for more money and sent a list things he fixed that used up our deposit. Under California law he was supposed to send us a written statement within 21 days along with all receipts and a explanation of costs. None of that was done. Now my wives command is starting to ask questions and i want this stopped. He has not gone to court or gotten any type of judgment and i don't think he is allowed to do this.
State/Country relating to question: California
Thanks for the chance to assist. There is not a law that prohibits him from calling the command. That law applies to debt collectors, not the original creditor (your prior landlord would be considered an original creditor). But if he owes you money, I would sue him in small claims court. Please let me know if you have further questions; if so I will do my best to answer them. If not please hit the accept button, its the only way I get credit for my work.
Ok i was told by the CA consumer affairs office that ex landlords cannot call your employer is the military different? He does not owe us money he is saying we owe him more but instead of going to small claims court he is harassing my wife at her command and the command is starting to get tired of it. He has been told there is nothing they can do for him and that he should go to small claims if he has a problem but there has to be a way to get the harassment to stop? Or are you saying there isn't
No idea what CA consumer affairs is talking about...but if this is illegal I would notify local law enforcement...if this is harassment, the local law enforcement can assist.But I would have your wife explain to the command what is up. Most commanding officers are smart...and “get it” when a landlord is a jerk...they will not hold this against your wife.
Retired Marine Corps Lawyer, Veterans Services Officer (VSO)
well i appreciate you help today
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