Today's Sunday Stream of Consciousness prompt is Roughing it.
Yesterday in the mail, I received a notice from a collection agency.
First time in my life.
The move here to NYC was an abrupt one that only left me with 3 weeks in StL to gather things, finish things, and say goodbye to that sort of life.
From the first day I knew I was going to be moving, I started talking with the landlord of the apartment complex where I stayed. I loved and still love that apartment and hoped that if I had to go back to live in that city, I would be welcome there. I have never lived in such a clean, friendly, bright neighborhood.
I kept asking them what I needed to do before the move. Even asked them if I needed to pay September rent since it was going to be in the middle of August when I left (I was trying to be helpful so they would want me back if necessary).
After 4 visits to the office, 5 phone calls, and a letter that I wrote to them, they kept giving me the same answer: We don't know what the protocol is for such an abrupt departure after you have lived in the complex less than 6 months. They mentioned that they would have to talk with their corporate people to find out.
They never got back to me.
I assumed things were good and I was free and clear.
Things are now rough.
It is not the apt complex telling me I owe money, it is a collection agency. That is some big ish to me. They say I owe over a thousand dollars. The rent was not that high, and it is not two months rent, nor is it a month plus deposit. I'm hella confused and super angry.
I need to make some phone calls tomorrow and I hope that I am more calm when I talk to them. I couldn't even sleep last night imagining how the conversation is going to go.
I don't want this to get too rough, but I am ready to do what I need to get them off of me.
When I signed the lease, I gave them my phone number, email, my parent's information, and did the same in my letter that I was going to be moving.
They had ample information to get at me if they wanted some of my money. At that point, I still had extra money in my savings that I would have happily given them.
The collection notice was sent to the former apartment - meaning they must still think I live there and am not paying rent? That doesn't even make any sense.
This is now a war, and I intend to win.
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