I had renters abandon my home in North Carolina and move to Alaska. They owe me ~$5,000 in unpaid rent and damages. I hate to do this, and have been really kind to this couple, but I need to take them to small claims court.
1. Someone to find them by providing what county they are residents in; preferably exact address. I have the following information on them:
a) Names (married adults);
b) Grandson's name they have custody over;
c) The believed current location (as far as I know);
d) Current occupations, and potentially the name of the hospital one of them is a nurse at;
e) Car information including license, registration sticker information, car type etc.;
f) The believed social security number for one of them;
g) The believed emails for both of them;
h) The believed phone number for one of them; and
i) The believed Alaskan judge's name who granted them custody of their grandson; I think the judge is the one who told them to come back to Alaska.
I don't have any preference on how you locate them, as long as it is legal.
2. Someone to explain to me the process for taking them to small claims court given the complexities in the situation. This is complicated because they were living in my home in Pfafftown, North Carolina, which is in Forsyth Country, right outside of Winston Salem. However, it is believed they are in Alaska now. On our rental agreement, it said that all legal matters would be handled in North Carolina; however, I don’t know if Forsyth or the state they live in follow/care what it says on our rental agreement. Additionally, I am a resident of Virginia (not sure if that matters though).
I need to know the exact steps. For example, the specific processes, the specific courthouses, the specific forms, next steps after filing, etc.
Lastly, I need to know if I can claim the following expenses in the small claims court:
A) Travel costs related to me going to/from my home as a result of their abandonment;
B) Costs for this online legal consultation; and,
C) Costs related to filing in a small claims court.
Please note, if you have an alternate recommendation, please include that in your proposal.