(Closed) LANDLORD THREW MY STUFF AWAY!!! I AM LIVID!!

posted 5 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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3417 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

I would find out who is above her and complain. If need be go above them too. I had a similar situation, was moving out and had X day to get all moved out. 3 DAYS before X day and I went back to get more stuff and the locks were changed. I was like WTF and called landlord and she says “Oh yeah I changed the locks because I thought you were moved out” I said “How did you come to that conclusion I have 3 more days till I have to turn over my keys” So she told me she would unlock the doors and let me in. When she did EVERYTHING left in the apartment was gone. I was like you livid and asked where my stuff was (Nothing of importance but things like some boxes of food,  cleaning supplies, trash bags etc). She said “Like I told you on the phone I thought you were moved out so I threw it all away its in the trash if you want it back” The trash meaning the dumpster out back that all the apartments share. I said “Are you fucking kidding me?!? You expect me to dumpster dive for MY property that I technically had 3 days left to come and get!?! No that’s ok but you will be hearing from my lawyer.” I called and complained to her boss, there were other issues I had with that bitch which is why I ended up finding a better place to live when they hired her to replace the previous landlord. She actually got fired not long after.

Hope you have luck with complaining. If need be don’t hesitate to take them to small claims court. There is absolutely no reason why people have to be asses to renters. I mean I can understand if it was after I was supposed to be moved out, or if your car hadn’t been broken into and you just lost the keys. Its ridiculous how we are treated sometimes.

Post # 5
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642 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

Ok well what exactly was in there? Stuffed animals and books?

Id be pissed too! But honestly, is it really worth it to go through the trouble of a law suit? The stuff is gone, if it had sentimental value theres nothing that will replace it.

You moved out. So the space was no longer yours. I dont think there is anything the police could do anyway.

If I were you, I would really forget about it and take it as a lesson learned.

Post # 6
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1798 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

@kjo:  +1. Hindsight is 20/20, but you really should have pushed to get a new key before moving out. After your lease is up, you no longer have a legal right to use the space. What your landlord did is crappy, but I doubt it’s illegal.

Post # 7
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1460 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@kjo:  Another +1.  The stuff in there wasn’t too important if you hadn’t even opened the unit in over 8 months.  If you check your lease it probably says that anything left on the premises will be disposed of.

Post # 8
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955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I would research it– landlord/tenant law varies by state, but here, a tenant has 30 days to claim all property.

 

before removing or disposing of property, a registered letter must be written to tenant’s forwarding address.

 

heres what I would do– go to the police station.  They should know if this falls under theft and you can write up a report.  Once that is done, you could sue in small claims court to recoup some monetary losses.

Post # 9
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502 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Just as an aside, don’t ever leave your purse or any valuables in an unattended car. That is like writing a big “Please break into my car” sign to would be thieves!!

Post # 11
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10367 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

What they did was wrong, but honestly, it sounds like they got rid of stuff you should have already have let go of yourself. If they were in a locked outdoor storage unit, you probably didn’t really need the books and you definitely don’t need the stuffed animals. In the long run, i’d consider it her doing you a favor of getting rid of that stuff for you.

Post # 12
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402 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I was in a similar situation, and received damages. BUT I was already going to court with them over a rent dispute (which I also won) and don’t think it would be worth the court costs otherwise. With that said, going to the police might put pressure on them to try and work with you to prevent things from escalating.

Post # 14
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1471 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@alotlikelove:  I would be angry, too. Regardless of the value of the items, they were yours.

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