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I am sorry for your situation.
The elements of a conversion claim are: (1) the plaintiffs ownership
or right to possession
of the property; (2) the defendant's conversion by a wrongful act or disposition of property rights; and (3) damages. Burlesci v. Petersen, 80 Cal. Rptr. 2d 704 - Cal: Court of Appeal, 1st Appellate Dist., 3rd Div. 1998
Ergo, this is arguably a CONVERSION claim. In addition, punitive damages
may be requested in cases of malice/fraud. Cal. Civ. Code § 3294(a)
Finally, I am compelled to note that you may have had the chance to FINISH your lease
under the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Act of 2009, which allows a tenant to finish up a written lease even if the home is foreclosed upon, or at least have 90 days if the lease is verbal. But since you moved out, this is not an issue, however, the conversion still is and is arguably a claim here.
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