Formed a one year contract with lessee. Conditions of the contract required him to return equipment in the same working order. This didn't happen. Upon initial inspection of the vehicle I noticed the check engine light on. He told me that he thinks the problem is from a replaced coolant reservoir. However when I took the truck to a certified mechanic they've indicated very serious problems.
The legal analysis would start with a review of the lease, and extend to any paperwork associated with the transaction.
I suggest that you consider preparing a letter to mail by certified mail, return receipt requested, to the lessee to set out the facts, and to request the relief that you want. Attach the repair estimate from your mechanic.
You can sue for breach of the lease agreement, but you'll need to know what your damages are. So, first, you'll want to determine what the cost of the repairs are. (Make sure the mechanic doing the work is willing to testify if necessary.) If the repairs will be under $10K, you can sue in the Justice of the Peace court without an attorney. If more than $10K, you'll want to get a lawyer to help you. Then the biggest issue is whether your defendant can pay a judgment.
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