Cana landlordthrow outa former tenant’spersonal belongings?

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Cana landlordthrow outa former tenant’spersonal belongings?

I was living with a friend and I recently lost my dad and then I had a baby and lost her. I decided that it was time to move. She was cremated. I had her ashes, my bed, a bookshelf, and a lot of odds and ends left there after making 2 trips already. I could not do more with my little car. The lanlord said that my stuff would be OK. But when I returned with a truck, h said that all my stuff was gone. What can be done? That is wrong and is killing me about my daughter.

Asked on January 26, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Ohio

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

I am so sorry about your losses.  The articles that you left behind were yours and should not have been touched by your landlord unless he had an order of eviction that allowed him to reenter the premises.  Then there are certain procedures that each state has regarding the belongings left.  Usually a sheriff or a marshall has to be involved in the matter of the personal property.  What did he do with it all?  What legally he did was known as conversion of your property that was held for your benefit in a bailment situation.  A lot of legal mumbo jumbo that basically means you entrusted your things to him and he sold or got rid of them for his own benefit.  Seek consultation from an attorney. I do not really know that you can put a monetary value on what was lost here.  Good luck to you.


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