RentCollect Global or IQ Data International is a debt collection agency. Lemberg Law receives many complaints about the company for debt harassment. Find out who they are, why they might be calling, and how you can stop them.
What is RentCollect Global – IQ Data International?
IQ Data International has been in operation for over 17 years and is based in Bothell, Washington. This debt collection agency also does business as RentCollect Global, and concentrates solely on collecting rent from previous residents of multifamily properties.
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Is RentCollect Global – IQ Data International a scam?
They’re legit. According to the Better Business Bureau (BBB), IQ Data International was founded in 2003. The BBB also established a profile page for IQ Data in 2003. The BBB lists IQ Data International as a collection agency. IQ Data also goes by the alternate business name of RentCollect Global. Buzzfile estimates IQ Data’s annual revenue at $628,964 and the size of its headquarters staff at 5 employees.
Who does RentCollect Global – IQ Data International collect for?
IQ Data International which also does business as RentCollect Global, collects exclusively for the property management industry. In April 2015, RentCollect Global was obtained by Assurant Specialty Property. Assurant Specialty Property is a Fortune 500 company offering a broad selection of solutions to the owners of multifamily properties, including renters insurance and safety deposit products. This means that if customers provide their personal information to Assurant Specialty Property in order to acquire renters insurance, they might also be providing that information to a debt collection agency that will pursue them if their lease becomes delinquent.
Who are we? We are Lemberg Law, a Consumer Law Firm
Lemberg Law is a consumer law firm helping victims of collection harassment and abuse. We are ranked A+ by the BBB. We’ve helped more than 15,000 consumers stop harassment and recover money from debt collectors. Harassed? Abused? Misled by a collector? Call our Helpline today! There is no charge unless we win.
How many complaints are there against RentCollect Global – IQ Data International?
As of April 2017, the Better Business Bureau reported 240 closed IQ Data International complaints over the previous three years, including 62 closed IQ Data International complaints over the previous 12 months. The BBB gave RentCollect Global a B rating. Additionally, Justia listed 13 RentCollect Global complaints filed in federal court in the previous year alleging violations of the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, and three alleging violations of the Fair Credit Reporting Act. Moreover, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) listed 194 closed RentCollect Global complaints for 2016.
Can RentCollect Global – IQ Data International Sue Me or Garnish My Wages?
It is illegal for a debt collector to make empty threats to sue you or garnish your wages. It is also unlikely RentCollect Global would sue you for a debt you may not owe or they cannot validate. However, debt collection agencies are known to have summoned debtors to court and garnish wages after a default judgement. Contacting an attorney BEFORE this could possibly happen would be a smart move. We’ve helped thousands of consumers fight back against unscrupulous debt collection harassers. Find out if we can help you too today!
In 2017, a proposed class action lawsuit was filed against I.Q. Data International, Inc. alleging they violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by failing to clearly identify a consumer’s creditor. The plaintiff in the case says he received a letter from the debt collector indicating that his “Original Creditor” was “GRANITE BAY APTS (AZ),” but neglecting to specify his “current creditor” or “creditor to whom the debt is owed.” Instead, the letter allegedly instructed the plaintiff to send payments to the defendant. The suit argues that the letter was subject to more than one interpretation – that the defendant was the current creditor or that the creditor was a different, unidentified entity – rendering the letter misleading under the FDCPA.
Here is a Press Release of a Lawsuit Filed by Lemberg Law Clients Against IQ Data International
October 15, 2015. On behalf of our client, Lemberg Law filed a complaint in U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California. The case, against IQ Data International, charges the debt collection agency with violating state and federal law and asks for $1,000 in statutory damages, plus other relief.
When it comes to paying off debt, we want to do what we can when we can. All too often, we make a good faith effort to work with a creditor or debt collection agency, only to be taken advantage of. This is what our client says happened to him. He says that he called IQ Data International to set up a payment plan, but that when he asked IQ Data International about the balance due, the debt collector said that he couldn’t provide the balance information unless our client gave the collector his bank account information and set up automatic withdrawals.
When our client suggested alternative methods of payment, he says that IQ Data International’s debt collector was rude and essentially said that IQ Data International only accepts payments on its terms.
When our client asked to speak to an IQ Data International supervisor, the debt collector told our client that he was the supervisor and then threatened to mark our client’s account as “refused to pay,” and threatened to take legal action against our client.
When our client said that he was willing to make a payment, but wasn’t comfortable sharing his bank account information, the IQ Data International debt collector hung up on him.
The lawsuit charges that IQ Data International violated the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) by engaging in harassing behavior; by using false, deceptive, and/or misleading representations or means in connection with debt collection; by misrepresenting the character, amount, and legal status of a debt; by threatening to take legal action without actually intending to do so; and by employing false and deceptive means to collect a debt. The lawsuit also charges that IQ Data International violated California’s Rosenthal Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
RentCollect Global – IQ Data International Calling You?
Federal laws protect you. The Fair Debt Collections Practices Act (FDCPA) regulates the behavior of collection agencies by prohibiting actions such as the use of abusive or threatening language; harassment; or the use of false or misleading information to collect a debt. The FCRA regulates how collection agencies and creditors report delinquent debts to credit reporting agencies. Additional consumer protection laws include the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) and the Consumer Financial Protection Act (CFPA).
Can I sue IQ Data for harassment?
Yes. If you want to enforce your rights, or recover money for violations — you need to sue. Federal laws provide individuals like you with a means to seek monetary damages in court. For example, the FDCPA allows consumers who have been violated to recover damages of up to $1,000, plus attorney fees and court costs.
Consumers have reported this agency harassing them from the following numbers:
“I just wanted to let you know we received the check from your office. We really appreciate all of your efforts in this matter.”
“I received outstanding professionalism from your staff. I had a horrible experience when trying to solve a debt. One debt collector said she would speak to the prosecutor’s office and another representative told me that when I called the office back he would call the police and have me arrested. I had been insulted, mocked, and threatened, and feared that the police would appear at my door any given moment. Not anymore.”
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About the Author:
Sergei Lemberg is a lawyer whose practice focuses on consumer law, class actions and personal injury litigation. He has been repeatedly recognized as the “most active consumer attorney” in the country. In 2020, Mr. Lemberg represented Noah Duguid in the United States Supreme Court in the case entitled Duguid v. Facebook. He is the author of Defanging Debt Collectors, a book that teaches consumers how to battle debt collectors and win.