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Can a landlord legally remove a tenants personal belongings after the lease ends? What is the process?

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My lease ended on July 31 and I went to remove my stuff on August 1 (Sunday) and everything was gone. My neighbors said some guys were there earlier that day. I called him right away and I have been calling him ever since and havce sent him numerous emails to retrieve my things, but I have not gotten any sort of response. I realize I didnt have my stuff out on the day the lease was up, but did he have a right to do this without giving me ANY sort of notification? I am also concerned that he got rid of my stuff permanently because my desk was sitting on my porch. Is he required by law to store my stuff for a certain amount of time?

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Unless there is proof the apartment was abandoned you "renewed" the lease by having your belongings still there and would owe rent for the month of August. The landlord would need an eviction notice or judgment to levy upon to rightfully move out your possessions.

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