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I am being sent to collections for $625.00 security deposit

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I am being sent to collections for $625.00 for a security deposit I decided not to take apartment, so I put a stop payment on check $600.00. now Lewis Operating Corp. added late fee $25.00
Submitted: 1 year ago.Category: Consumer Protection Law
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Consumer Protection Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 1 year ago
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Hello and welcome to JustAnswer. Please note: This is general information for educational purposes only and is not legal advice. No specific course of action is proposed herein, and no attorney-client relationship or privilege is formed by speaking to an expert on this site. By continuing, you confirm that you understand and agree to these terms. Did you sign a contract with the landlord/management company, or not? This is not an answer, but an information request. I need this information to answer your question. Please reply, so I can answer your question. Thank you in advance.
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
my daughter and I signed a application to rent lease a 2 bedroom apartment at Homecoming at the Preserve in Chino, Ca. a new complex. On December 26, 2015 I wrote a Check for $600.00 for security deposit and $70.00 for credit check $35.00 each. The apartment would not be ready until January 20, 2016. rent $2,160.00 I am a single parent. I realize that I could not afford the rent even if we were approved. I decided not to take. On December 30, 2015 I called to cancel. They already put the check thru my bank. I put a stop payment on the check. They sent me a letter saying they want the $600.00 plus $25.00 late fee.
Consumer Protection Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 1 year ago
Thank you. Okay. So you did break the lease, and they sent you to collections and added a late fee. I understand. So far, this is standard. What exactly is your question, i.e. what is it that you wish to know here? For example: "Can I negotiate the total amount down?""Can I get rid of the $25 fee?"Etc.
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I don't want to give them any money since the apartment would not be ready until 01/20/16.
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I will be charged $36.00 plus $59.00 just to talk to you
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Consumer Protection Lawyer: Ely, Counselor at Law replied 1 year ago
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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
01/20/2016
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
hello, required by date 12/29/2015 final approval move 01/20/2016
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Consumer Protection Lawyer: Law Educator, Esq., Lawyer replied 1 year ago
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Thank you for your question. I am a DIFFERENT CONTRIBUTOR and I look forward to working with you to provide you the information you are seeking for educational purposes only.
I am afraid you have a major issue here regarding the lease. Under CA law, once someone signs a lease, they are bound to the terms of that lease. The CA law also does not allow self help, which is you stopping payment on the check. If you had a dispute regarding your lease and the landlord breaching the lease, you had to sue them in court. In fact, the landlord can send your check to the District Attorney for prosecution if you do not make good on the check, as it is a criminal offense of issuing bad checks.
At this point, if you have a dispute with the landlord claiming that the landlord breached the contract you signed agreeing to, then you have to file suit against the landlord in court. If the landlord did not breach the contract you signed and you are simply changing your mind, then I am afraid that legally the court has no choice but to enforce the contract against you and make you pay what you agreed to pay under the contract you signed.
The law in CA says that the whole purpose of written contracts is to bind the parties to agreements they make and if a person signs such a contract and is allowed to simply walk away without penalty, then the written contract is worthless. Just like you would expect the landlord to honor his contract with you, the landlord has the same expectation and the courts will enforce that contract as written.
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