Q: What are my options in the following scenario. Landlord claims I have abandoned my rental unit and threw out my stuff.
No judgements were entered. No eviction filed. Only threats of " its in corporates hands" completely blocked me from entering my home and threw away all of our family's belongings, meanwhile slandering our name to all of the other tenants .
A: Was this a residential unit or a commercial unit? Residential rentals are controlled by the Uniform Residential Landlord and Tenant Act (URLTA). You can find that online with the search words "Alaska URLTA." It tells you in plain terms your rights and obligations. If the unit was commercial, abandonment is a question of fact but your lease might expressly state variables that constitute "abandonment." In any event, if the unit was commercial then look to your lease for your rights. In no event (residential or commercial) is a landlord authorized to discard a tenant's personal property without first giving the tenant an opportunity to recover same (although personal property can, in some cases, be held by the landlord and sold as a means to recover past due rent). You should immediately provide the landlord with a written demand for return of your personal property and asking for a written statement of the factual basis of the declaration of abandonment. Compare to the facts as you know them. If you think you did not abandon, make a written demand for return of possession. Generally speaking, however, it is not cost-effective to involve the courts.
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