I recently moved out of my apartment and was just sent a bill for $608.93 for "damages" that I believe are completely unfounded (some of which I noted on my original move-in condition form).
I obviously don't want to pay these damages, but can I file a lawsuit in small claims court to have these damage charges reversed before paying them? If not, what are my options? Should I pay and then file a lawsuit in small claims court?
The other possible option is since the apartment complex is holding on to my $250 security deposit because of these damages, I file a lawsuit to get my security deposit back before paying the damages.