I was notified that my landlord had not recieved my rent payments for 2 months. Around the same time I was notified my orders were being canceled in st. Louis and I was to be sent back to my duty station in Illinois. I notified the landlord and stated I would make payments and return with rest of money when my lease ended in September when I arrived mid August to make payment and get the rest of my stuff back the Apartment had been rented out and they said they threw all my stuff inside away however I was never notified of eviction.
Be careful of your assumption about the eviction. If you were absent, the landlord can give official notice not necessarily by having a summons served on you but by "posting" on the premises. Go the the Missouri court's website, commonly called "casenet" and look for your name as a "litigant' and look up any cases and 'docket entries" to verify what happened. It's quite likely your landlord did get a judgment for possession, which is equivalent of eviction.
Having said that however, that does not entitle the landlord to pitch your personal belongings. He must then give you reasonable notice and a reasonable time to retrieve them. If that did not happen, you will have a significant claim against your landlord, not only for the actual damage but for punitive damages as well. You should discuss this soon with an attorney
This comment does not create an attorney-client relationship. The law and its application by the courts is constantly evolving and changing. This discussion is not to be taken as a definitive guide, and should not be relied upon to determine all fact situations. Each set of facts must be examined separately with the current case and statutory law analyzed and applied accordingly.
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