I lived in Harriman, UT over 3 years ago for 4 months for work. I had an apartment while there.
Now, out of the blue, I am receiving letters of collection from Kirk A. Cullimore law offices that I owe a ridiculous amount to this previous landlord in UT. I was shocked, and I emailed them disputing the validity of the debt.
They sent me "proof" that I owed half the original amount they quoted -most of it due to not giving a 30 day notice, which I know I did. The charges they are referring to are not listed in the ledger from the apartment complex, but hand written on the bottom. Referring to clauses found in the contract. They didn't provide an actual bill of the charges they're claiming I owe the apartment. However, I unfortunately told them at first that I no longer had my records, trying to be honest. And I don't. When I left Utah, I didn't owe anything. I never received a bill from the apartment complex or even a phone call.
After research, I found that this particular lawyer not only has an "F" rating from the BBB, but that people have said they've suffered what I would call abuses from this entity, even after losing a case filed another. This is stressful and a little intimidating. I am unsure of how to handle this. I can't pay this bill, I don't even OWE IT. I live out of state now. I have 3 kids and a wife. I'm willing to get an attorney if I must. I just don't know where to start.
My fear is that what they have appears, on the surface at first glance, to be logical and legitimate. If I continue to dispute this, and they file a suit, I don't know enough to know how it will turn out. Especially with no records of my own. Does anyone have anything or anyone they can refer me to?