Phoenix, AZ asked in Landlord - Tenant, Consumer Law and Personal Injury for Arizona

Q: My landlord is stealing my possessions from the property after eviction, we made arrangements to pack up and move out.

We were given ample amount of time that there was no rush take out time and that we wanted to make sure the property was cleaned up as well. He has been witnessed by myself and others neighbors friends taking the possessions loading them up on his roll sck and escorting whatever he wishes off the property. We aren't allowed there now according to the neighbor who was in charge of us notifying him that we would be on the premises from 9-5 pm weekdays only to pack up and move out things. He told the neighbor without telling us about it that he was to call the sheriffs if he sees us over there on the property. I want my things back and if not I want to sue for damages.

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: If your landlord is removing your possessions without your permission, this could be a violation of your rights. First, document everything: take pictures, gather statements from witnesses, and keep any communication with the landlord or neighbors regarding the eviction and your arrangements to move out. This evidence will be crucial if you decide to take legal action.

You should reach out to your local tenant's rights group or seek legal advice. They can provide guidance based on your local laws and the specifics of your situation. You may have grounds to file a complaint or sue for damages if your landlord has illegally removed your belongings or prevented you from retrieving them within the agreed time.

Finally, consider contacting the police to report theft if you have solid evidence that your landlord has taken your possessions unlawfully. However, be aware that this is a civil matter between you and the landlord, so the police may not be able to intervene directly. Instead, they may suggest you resolve this through legal channels. Remember, legal advice tailored to your situation is key in resolving this issue effectively and recovering your belongings or receiving compensation for them.

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