How does Small Claims Court work?

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Cases less than $10,000

Individuals & Sole Proprietors can sue for...

Up to $10,000

Businesses can
sue for...

Up to $5,000

If you are owed more than the amount you can sue for, you can still sue for the maximum amount allowed, but you must waive any additional amount over the limit.

You are an individual and you paid $11,000 for someone to paint your home. They didn't paint your home. You can sue in small claims court for $10,000 and waive  $1,000.

Types of Lawsuits

Many types of lawsuits can be brought in Small Claims Court. Click on the links to learn more by lawsuit type!​

Here are some examples:

  • Security Deposit. ​Your landlord did not return your security deposit
  • Rent. Your tenant or roommate didn't pay the rent.
  • Loan. You loaned someone money and they didn't pay you back.
  • Car Accident. Someone hit your car while driving and now you have to pay for the repair work.
  • Mechanic. ​You hired a mechanic to repair your car and they did a terrible job.
  • Neighbor. Your neighbor damaged your property.
  • Contracts. You had a contract with someone and they broke the contract. 
  • Damage to Property. Someone damaged your property (e.g. house, car, bicycle).
  • Goods. You bought an item and didn't receive it or you sold an item and didn't get paid for it. 
  • Services. You paid for a service and didn't receive it or you provided a service and didn't get paid. 
  • Personal Injury. Someone caused you to get hurt. 

Other Common Questions About Small Claims 

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