I am sorry to hear this; a motion for summary judgment is filed when a party to a lawsuit claims that all necessary factual issues need not be tried because they are clearly one-sided.
The motion needs to be served.
If the landlord did not have the tenant's new address, legally they must serve the last known address, and request permission to do service by publication (in a newspaper). So if the person had no notice they can actually contest the motion, filing a motion to quash service, along with a response to the motion for summary judgment, stating why judgment should not be entered. If approved by the court, this would then require the court to litigate the underlying issue (because the facts would still be in dispute).
Basically if it is clear that a tenant moved out, but personal property was left behind, the landlord is to store that property in a secure location, and can charge reasonable storage fees. The court typically finds that rendering the unit unavailable and using it as a storage unit is not reasonable, as a landlord has a duty to mitigate damages (ie remove the item to a safe location, and re-rent the unit).
If the property belonged to the landlord (ie it was there at the beginning of the tenancy) that would not be a basis for charging rent or storage, so the judge would need to be apprised of that situation.
Please review the rules here
Once can go to the court clerk and request a copy of the file, to determine if service was made, and if so, how (to help with allegations of improper service, failure to serve, etc).
If there is written documentation notifying the landlord that the tenant vacated, that would be helpful. If, however, it would be clear to a reasonable person that the tenant vacated, any evidence to that effect would be helpful.
Here is the statute re: duty to mitigate
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