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As to the additional months he is seeking rent payment for, if you have anything in writing between the two of you where he is acknowledging that he will not charge you rent until you open, then you don't owe him anything and you can send him to pound sand. If you don't have something in writing, it may be a little difficult for you to prove that the agreement existed and he would have a stronger position that rent for those months is owed pursuant to the rent. All you would need is an email, text message, or other form of writing where he is acknowledging the agreement the two of you had.
As to the storage unit, you can sue him for selling your things without your consent. Unfortunately, if you did not have an agreement with him as to the storage unit, you will need to try to establish that there was a verbal contract in place where he allowed you to store your contents in the storage unit. Also, you would need to show that the sold your storage unit with no previous notice to you to empty it, etc. You can sue him for the damages you suffered which would be the amount of the contents that you had stored there.
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