I'm suing my ex-landlords in small claims court. They filed a counter suit. We exchanged evidence but the case was postponed. I've looked through their evidence, as I'm sure they have looked through mine, and their case seems retaliatory and the majority of their evidence is made up of fraudulent charges (receipts with no dates or names, checks that were written to vendors but not cashed, purchases for their other rental properties or purchased months after I moved out, etc.) I am not willing to give them any money for these claims.
That said, I would like the matter to be resolved as soon as possible. Would it be prudent to send them another Request to Pay letter in an effort to resolve before court date? The ignored the first letter (that's when I filed with the court) but maybe now that they've seen the strength of my case, they'll be more willing to make me an offer? Thank you!
No way to know settlement is more an art than science and each case is different as personalities are also important
It wouldn't hurt. The worst they could do is ignore it. Good luck.
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It would show the court that you are trying to resolve it without court intervention which would bode well for you. However, if they didn't make an offer, it does not look promising. Just don't tell them what is wrong with their evidence.
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