[quote="Augusta_Sans, post:11, topic:184171"]
It's always best to "forgive" the sinner but I don't think it's fair to tell people who have been wronged that they must "forget" the sin (or the debt!)
Of course you can pursue this in court, but bear in mind that (1) you will spend a lot of money litigating it and (2) even if you "win," you might never see the money because she may never have the assets available to pay you and her parents are not obligated to fulfill judgments against her.
Small claims court (or in some states "conciliation court") maximums vary based on which state you are in. If the amount owed to you is less than the cap, it may be affordable to litigate it. If the amount is just slightly over, I'd recommend cutting your losses and pursuing it in small claims court anyway (being aware that you cannot "win" more than the maximum allowable amount).
puzzleannie makes a good point--what does your insurance company say?
honestly I never approached the insurace company because it was caused by a renter, not somw disaster... I doubt it would be covered. I will call them today and check.
we were thinking small claims would be best. like you say I doubt we will see any money from her anytime soon. I don't know.