Upon signing my lease, my landlord offered me to store my dead car on his parking lot behind his liquor store. He told me verbally that he would not charge me rent for storing the car because he said he felt bad that he had no parking at the apt I'm renting. Which why my lease does not include parking fees. I only pay to rent the apartment. Parking has been free. A few months ago, he verbally requested to hold the keys at his premises since my car is dead, just in case he needed to move it. Since then, he's been verbally harassing me and making threats to me, I decided to write him a memo to document the verbal harassment and to document that he gave me consent to park for free for an unspecified length of time; and that he is blocked from calling me because he's verbally abusive. As a result of the memo and blocking him, he decided to retaliate against me demanding me that I remove my car from his property. however, he has not returned my keys with the memo he issued me.
He is not required to keep giving you free things. The gift has stopped, get rid of the car or fix it or pay rent. You have no proof of a verbal agreement, and even if you do it is not a contract he has to keep because you did not give him anything in return - called a "contract without consideration" and no contract at all. And if it is something he promised to give you, a promise of a gift can be revoked - so he can take away the promise of parking in the future.
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There is a possibility a judge would find the space for the car was part of your rights as tenant since the right was bargained for when you entered into the lease. Though this is the dicey area between agreement and favors. And the landlord can always claim this was a favor for a short time and you overstayed his kindness. But he cannot simply keep your keys and keep your car. Your best bet is work something out as far as what to do with the car. It may be helpful to have an attorney assist, because writing a memo outlining harassment and threats does not usually make a bad situation better.
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