I was sharing an apartment with a roommate. We were evicted from the apartment, and roommate told me I could store my belongings in his storage space since he wasn't using all of the space. We have since had a falling out, and he refuses to give me my stuff, unless I give him money. Money was never discussed when everyone offered to store my belongings. Do I have to file a lawsuit to have my belongings returned? And how can I be sure he hasn't stolen or destroyed some of my property?
You can file what is known as an Order To Show Cause, along with a verified complaint, causing the person to have to give a reason for not returning your belongings, and compel him/her to show that the property is safe and sound. As for the money, you might want to discuss with the person a reasonable figure as the person does pay for the storage unit, and you were using it, with permission. Your best bet, before filing the suit, for the filing fee alone can be several hundred dollars, to try and reach and angreement with them.
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