• A GA legal collections question?

    I am really looking for expert opinion, if you don't have real life experience with this situation, please note your own expertise. I have a collections company aggressively pursuing a debt that I believe was illegally filed by an apartment management I lived in. About a month after moving out, and not hearing from the company about my... show more
    I am really looking for expert opinion, if you don't have real life experience with this situation, please note your own expertise. I have a collections company aggressively pursuing a debt that I believe was illegally filed by an apartment management I lived in. About a month after moving out, and not hearing from the company about my deposit, I called, to which they responded that I owed them almost $1000 for replacing the carpet. I have no paperwork from when I moved in and did a walk-through (without the land lords present), on which I noted the carpet already had significant damage, and should be replaced. I read in the GA landlord and tenant handbook that the landlord must be present for the initial walk-through, or else they are not legally allowed to maintain the damage deposit at the end of the lease. I also found out, after moving out, from a friend who had previously lived next door in the same apartment complex, for a year before me, that the apartment above mine had had a plumbing event that had flooded my apartment before I moved in; the lease says the place had never been flooded. I made the mistake of never protesting the debt in writing, but when I was on the phone and learning about my deposit retention, I protested verbally that the carpet needed to be replaced when I moved in. What should I do? Should I send a letter to the management company threatening litigation if they don't retract the pursuit of collections? Should I contest the collection with this evidence to the collection company and/or the credit bureaus? Should I just take it straight to litigation, which I would really rather do as a last resort? In GA, tenants can collect a refund of the deposit plus interest, as well as legal fees, but they say that this is only assured if the tenant can prove they immediately contested the charge, which I only did verbally, I have no physical evidence, really my only litigious stance is that they didn't do a physical walk through with me when I moved in, and my witness to the previous flooding, which I don't have physical proof of... Is this sufficient? The apartment complex can just lie and not bring anything in their records that doesn't help their case.
    4 answers · Law & Ethics · 5 years ago
  • Changing Yahoo search bar back to Google search?

    I had to update Mozilla yesterday, along with a bunch of other apps, like adobe and quicktime. When I opened up Firefox this morning, my toolbar search engine had changed from google to yahoo. I don't use yahoo, I need to change it back to google, but I can't find the setting. Please help, savvy people!
    I had to update Mozilla yesterday, along with a bunch of other apps, like adobe and quicktime. When I opened up Firefox this morning, my toolbar search engine had changed from google to yahoo. I don't use yahoo, I need to change it back to google, but I can't find the setting. Please help, savvy people!
    2 answers · Google · 6 years ago
  • Why is Everyone deleting their questions?

    Every time I try to answer a question it's been deleted. What's the deal?
    Every time I try to answer a question it's been deleted. What's the deal?
    7 answers · Other - News & Events · 8 years ago
  • Which is a worse punishment?

    What do you think would be worse: to be locked in a room with no one at all for a month, no communication with anyone; or in a room with several people who hate you and would make your life hell for a month?
    What do you think would be worse: to be locked in a room with no one at all for a month, no communication with anyone; or in a room with several people who hate you and would make your life hell for a month?
    6 answers · Psychology · 8 years ago
  • Consolidating student loans?

    Can my husband and I consolidate all of our student loans, even though they are from different lenders?
    Can my husband and I consolidate all of our student loans, even though they are from different lenders?
    2 answers · Financial Aid · 8 years ago