Small Claims section is a court in which you may sue someone
(the defendant) to collect a 'small' amount of money that you
believe is owed to you. Because procedures in Small Claims are
simpler than in other courts, persons usually can file and
present their cases relatively quickly and inexpensively, and
often without an attorney.
You may be able, or be forced, to take your tenant or landlord
to Court to resolve issues such as normal
wear and tear charges, fees, non-payment
of rent or early lease termination. We should all try to avoid
this by knowing what we (both Landlord and Tenant) are agreeing
to when we agree to accepting and paying rent. Both parties
are obligated to each other.
Be sure to have completely thought through the circumstances
of the events that bring you to this decision. Fully document
the details as well as a summary. Have receipts, pictures or
any other items to back-up your claim.
If you are scheduled to go to court, be sure to show on that
day and time. Failure to show usually results in a judgment for the other party.