Can I be arrested in Illinois from defaulting on a payment from a rental agency? Are they allowed to continually harass me?

Asked about 2 years ago - Waukegan, IL

I am being constantly berated and harassed by Aarons they are threatening me to get the authorities and the sheriff on me to arrest me I wasn't home and my sister said that they were banging on the door and buzzing the doorbell. I have moved into a new apartment. They somehow got ahold of my new address as I have not yet given it to them or anyone else is that illegal what can I do. They also told a person I used to attend school with to call me from his private line because he works for Aarons to approach me about the account I never gave this student my phone number he informed me he got it from work. Is that illegal. They also have another employee who works for them that knows me asking people about my rental agreement and telling them about them harassing me. Is that illegal?

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  1. Judy A. Goldstein

    Contributor Level 20


    Lawyers agree

    Answered . It sounds like a lawsuit has already been filed against you and the plaintiff is attempting to get service upon you. The process server has not done anything illegal and is only trying to locate you. If the sums you all are substantial, you might benefit from consulting with an attorney who specializes in defending debtors.

  2. Marc Gregory Wagman

    Contributor Level 17


    Lawyer agrees

    Answered . Two things 1) you are either being sued and they are trying to serve you and thats why they keep are knocking on the door or 2) they are trying to recover the furniture that you have since you defaulted also. Ignoring the issue is not the way to go about it. It is not illegal for them to try to serve you with a lawsuit or to try to get their property back. If they cannot locate you they can contact third parties to get your contact information. You likely need a bankruptcy if you have other debt.

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  3. Robert Thomas Kuehl


    Contributor Level 13

    Answered . Debtors’ prisons were abolished in the 19th century. You cannot be arrested merely for owing a debt.

    They may have filed a replevin lawsuit and are now trying to get you served.

    Click on the following link for information as to the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act:

    Hope this helps. Good luck.

    Robert T. Kuehl
    Kuehl Law, P.C.
    Chicago, Illinois

  4. Tara Leigh Goodwin

    Contributor Level 16

    Answered . Original creditors such as Aarons are not covered by the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act. Some of this conduct would violate the FDCPA, but unfortunately, there isn't much you can do about harassment by original creditors, unless the harassment is extreme enough to constitute intentional infliction of emotional distress, which is a difficult claim to win.

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