I did not have to pay a security deposit. I received the letter itemizing damages more than 21 days after vacating the unit. Itemized list of damages was wrong, so a modified list of damages was sent. Landlord turned over my info to creditor a week after second letter was sent. The leasing agreement stipulated I had 15 days to pay. I sent payment to the landlord and later that day, I received a call & letter from the collection agency saying my info had been turned over to them.
It sounds like you need to contact the collection agency and dispute the validity of the debt. They may want some proof of the payment being made. It's likely the landlord did not anticipate payment and the referral was made before the 15 days and prior to receiving your payment. The agency will likely contact the landlord and discover the debt has been settled. Good Luck.
Hi, your case is not a typical security deposit case and involves multiple issues. Consult with a local attorney or legal service organization to explore your options.
Attorney Jae is a history professor and immigration attorney with an EB1/NIW specialty. This answer does not constitute attorney-client relationship and is for information only.
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