Sometimes. It depends on the type of case - whether it is an eviction or an action for money judgment, ect.
It sounds like you may be needing to file an action for money judgment. If this is a security deposit issue, then there are some very specific rules on what a tenant needs to do prior to filing a case in small claims court.
If it is some other money judgment issue, then all I can tell you is to make sure you have good evidence of the value (reciepts)and/or have witnesses who can testify to things, and make sure to review your lease. Your lease is the most important document you can have. If you no longer have a copy, you could request it from the landlord. The landlord is not legally obligated to provide you with a copy though.
Yeah, basically, they charged me for two months of rent, for one month. I have copies of my checks that went through my account for proof as well as other statements, etc.
Originally Posted by bleedcardinalandgold
To further answer your questions.
The cost is about 100 dollars to file after you factor in service fees. Once you have filed the case, you will have to serve the landlord. You can provide a copy to the county sheriff and they will serve it for you. The landlord will then have 20 days to respond to the lawsuit. In the event you can't resolve the issues, then a trial will be set. The trial will likely occur within 2 months of filing. It depends how busy the small claims court is in Story County. You need to file the case at the Story County Courthouse. The clerk of the small claims should have forms for you to use. The clerk will be very accommodating and answer most questions about filing - they can't provide you with legal advice.
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