Posted by me on October 26, 2001 at 20:26:36:
In Reply to: I broke the lease 'coz I lost my job posted by Jean on October 24, 2001 at 17:03:08:
The threat to charge your credit card is an empty bluff, because one simply cannot charge a card based on a number found in a credit report. It would probably be considered a fraudulent charge. Speaking of which, it is illegal under federal law for a collection agency to make threats like this.
But yes, you can be sued, and under most standard leases you will probably have to pay attorneys fees if you lose. So definitely try to work out a settlement with the landlord.
: Last August I lost my job, unexpectedly. I informed the apartment's management office of my moved out because I wouldn't have a job the following month. I told them that I couldn't afford to pay for my rent the reason why I'm moving out as soon as possible to avoid the non-payment of rent for succeeding months. After almost two months, I received a call from collecting agent, who trace my current location and phone number, he is pushing me to pay the $1100, he wants me to charge it to the credit card he found in the credit report he got. I did not allow himn to do it because I am saving it for emergency since my family doesn't have any medical insurance. He said that if I'm not going to pay such amount, my landlord might sue me. Can the landlord force the tenant to pay the lease breakage even though the tenant doesn't have a source of income.
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