what right does a landlord have to keep the belongings of a non-tenant who had their belongings locked up in the apartment and when final ok was given to them to get their belongings the landlord lied and stole part of the belongings. two of the major items were a 35inch tv and 19inch plasma tv. landlord admitted they were in the apartment for 1 month and decided to keep the belongings. i feel as if my childs rights to get his belongings back was violated. my child actually asked for the items within 2weeks his friends moved out. should i file in small claims court and submit a letter to property owner.