Stay totally professional with your letter and dont get personal or angry. If you do have to go to small claims, you dont want to look like an overbearing landlord to the judge.
Do let them know that you are filing police report because of the damage to your property, so you can recover from your insurance if they dont pay up.
Do send the demand letters certified, regular mail, and e-mail. Keep copies of all receipts for evidence in case you have to file a small claims case.
Of course I am not an attorney, but as a landlord myself, you do have rights as a property owner, so exercise them.
Do consult a real estate attorney if you cannot find all the information you need to protect yourself.
Check with your state's website concerning landlord/tenants rights and property codes, here is one of many that may be of help to you.
Good Luck! I hope you work to get your money paid and yes it will be work but many times it does pay off. I was wondering if you used a Realtor and did a credit check on these folks? Call me when you have some time. I'd like to hear the story. Thanks Kathleen - 281-799-4002
I once needed to evict a tenant, then I filed a small claims suit against them to try to recover the funds I was owed. In court, judgement was placed in my favor against the tenant and co-signer. Neither paid the judgement (immediately). Some time later, both the tenant and co-signer contacted me, BEGGING me to take their money and help them remove the judgments against them. It seems that the judgement DID show up on both of their credit reports =) and it was suddenly bothersome to them because they were applying for a home loan. Timing was an issue, too, because the 1st time home buyer tax credit was about to run dry and they suddenly had a fire lit under their rears to pay me what was owed.
So, small claims was not a quick way to get my money, but it was, in the end an effective way. Good luck to you!
The damages you can also call the police and make a report of the damages & value.
If they don't respond then go to your local Precinct and file in Small Claims Court and file against each person on the Lease. Have their Drivers license & SSN if you have it. Then fill out & complete the petition. Some Precinct have different requirements so search what you need to do. But get that Demand Letter out today.
This will take some time but you can get it done.
#1, Send them a bill for what is due.
#2. If they don't pay the bill take them to small claims court. Get a judgement.
#3. Then get a lawyer or credit collection company to try to collect.