Cont’d attempts collect debt not owed

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XXXX XXXX XXXX in WA falsely claims that I moved into an apartment in XXXX , WA with new carpeting and new flooring which is a lie. They claimed I destroyed the apartment ‘s interior and the carpeting and flooring in the kitchen and bathroom had to be replaced. This is also a lie. After thoroughly cleaning the unit ( c leaner than when I moved in ), I contacted my landlady at XXXX XXXX to get my {$1800.00} deposit back. After a few months, I started getting calls from a collection agency. I learned that my landlady had left XXXX XXXX XXXX . I never signed an initial lease agreement – and wonder if my signature was forged … Anyways, I should get my entire deposit back just because of this. Also, I was n’t informed that I would not be getting my deposit back. I provided notice of leaving the unit on XXXX XXXX , XXXX and my lease ended XXXX XXXX , XXXX . XXXX Living Properties put this into collections on XXXX XXXX , XXXX ! I learned that XXXX Living Properties refurbished my apartment … using my deposit money and putting the rest into collections. I then learned XXXX Living Properties has done this to MANY people. I ca n’t find a lawyer to help me because the total ( deposit + collections ) only comes to about {$2500.00}. Small claims court will not take my case over the phone, the Attorney General ‘s office does n’t get involved in anything rental related. I refuse to pay for this … and, in fact, I ‘d like my deposit back. I literally heard of filing with the FTC through WA ‘s FBI. As mentioned, they ‘ve pulled this scam with lots of people. There are many complaints filed with the Better Business Bureau. TenantsUnion.org is well aware of this problem in WA. I tried working this out through XXXX of XXXX mediation but, XXXX XXXX XXXX blew us all off … twice. I ‘ve been trying to resolve this matter for almost a year. I ca n’t believe this scam is on-going and no one seems to be able to do anything about it.

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