Post # 1
I’ve had another post about an apartment issue before.. Needless to say, I have a more SERIOUS issue now.
We had storage in the back of the apartment next to the tiny patio we had if you walked out of the back kitchen door. I didn’t have a key to the storage area anymore because when my FI’s car got stolen last April, my keys were in my purse that was in the car as well! Yes, this really did happen. I have the worst luck with everything 🙁
Anyway, when that happened, the landlord got the apartment door lock changed but the landlord never got the storage door lock changed. So when we moved out, we didn’t have a key to it. Before we moved out, we reminded her of this and asked her what we need to do. She said she would have the maintenance guy change it and she would give us a call when we could get our stuff.
Days went by after we moved out, still nothing. So my Fiance called her earlier this week again, left her messages, no calls back. Finally, today, he got ahold of her and she basically said that she had HIRED SOMEONE TO CLEAN IT OUT AND THREW IT ALL AWAY!!! She said that we should’ve gotten all our stuff before we moved out? Is she INSANE?!? WE WANTED TO DO JUST THAT BUT WHAT DID SHE WANT US TO DO?!? BREAK THE DOOR DOWN?!?
I was livid. Not sure what my FI’s reaction was when he had her on the phone but when I found out, I called her on her cellphone. I asked her (with possibly a slightly higher tone) about whether my Fiance had called her about the storage and my stuff in it. She had nerve to say “What? You need to call the office phone and when it’s office hours. The office is closed on the weekends.” and hung up on me!!!
What would you do in my situation?!?
I had my collection of stuffed animals in there, some clothes, books, etc.
Post # 3
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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 # 4
@NurseMandie: Thanks, I will definitely be filing a complaint to management above her. Also, I am looking into whether I can file a police report…
Post # 5
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
@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
@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
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
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 # 10
@OctBride-2012: I would still want to send the message to this landlord that what she did is NOT okay. I will also be checking the lease, yes.. Thank you guys for your comments. I’m just seeing what my options are right now…
@JaneyDcat: I think I will be going to the police station tomorrow, definitely. Thank you.
@Vikstar: Yes, I learned the hard way. I also actually did not leave it where a thief would see it. I had actually put it in the trunk of my FI’s car..
Post # 11
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
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 # 13
@crayfish: I just didn’t have enough space at that apartment to keep them inside. I disagree that I should consider it as she was doing me a favor. I didn’t need it and certainly didn’t ask for it. But thank you 🙂 I completely understand the comments you made from the information I voluntarily surrendered in this public message board. However, it is more complicated than that.
@CountryRose: Thanks for sharing. I will try the police and see what they say…
Post # 14
@alotlikelove: I would be angry, too. Regardless of the value of the items, they were yours.
Post # 15
@farawayviolet: Thank you for validating my feelings. That’s exactly how I feel!