Your Rent-A-Center Contract probably says you can’t sue Rent-A-Center in any court except Small Claims Court, thanks to an arbitration clause. But that is still a decent way to get compensation, so long as you follow the steps we outline below.
Ready to sue Rent-A-Center in small claims court? Well you need to make sure your claim qualifies. Small claims courts are only for certain types of claims, so pay attention to these two things:
If your claim doesn’t fall within the limits of your state’s small claims court, you’ll have to arbitrate your claim instead.
It can be a few sentences in length, as long as it states who you are, what your problem is, and how you want them to fix it.
Then mail a hard copy of the letter, preferably as certified mail or some other service that allows you to confirm delivery, to their legal address at:
THE CORPORATION TRUST COMPANY
CORPORATION TRUST CENTER 1209 ORANGE ST
WILMINGTON, DE 19801
If you would like examples of demand letters or more information about how to write them, you can find an excellent guide here.
Make sure you fill out enough forms. Most courts require you bring 3 or 4 (so that they can have one, you can have one, and the defendant can have one). If you don’t have enough, you will have to try again another day.
With the forms done, it is time to “file”.
When you go to sue Rent-A-Center you will have to pay a small claims court fee first. The amount should also be published on your court’s website, and can sometimes be waved if you are a low income plaintiff.
When you file your forms, the court clerk will provide you with a stamped copy of the forms and a court date. Save that for later.
When that date comes around, go to the right courthouse and bring your copy of your filed forms, and any other evidence that backs up why you want to sue Rent-A-Center.
Sometimes, Rent-A-Center will not show up to oppose you, other times they will. Regardless, this is your chance to explain to the judge what happened and why you deserve compensation.
Ready to sue Rent-A-Center in small claims court?
If this sounds too hard and expensive, try consumer arbitration instead…
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