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I was living in a basement apartment that didn't have a separate address and The owner doesn't have it listed as a rental property. I was in the process of moving out when she texted me and said I wasn't allowed back on the property. I had to leave 75% of my belongings and furniture. I have been trying since last July to get my things and she refuses to give them to me. She said at one point she would meet me to give me my photos. I wasn't given an eviction notice. Is there anything that I can do to get my stuff?

Lawyer's Assistant: What state is the property located in? And has anyone consulted a local attorney about this?

VA

Lawyer's Assistant: What are the terms of the lease? Any issues related to maintenance or upkeep?

The lease was for one year and I lived there for 4 years. No issues except I was the one who did all the upkeep on the yard cutting the grass and weeds. That wasn't any part of the rental agreement

Lawyer's Assistant: Anything else you want the lawyer to know before I connect you?

I did owe some back rent and I was willing to work out an agreement topay her what was owed but she refused

Submitted: 30 days ago.Category: Real Estate Law
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Real Estate Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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Real Estate Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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Customer reply replied 30 days ago
Thank you!
Real Estate Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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Your recourse here would be to file a claim in small claims court for the value of the property that you lost, or for return of any of the property that your former landlord may still have in their possession.

Even though the rental was not a registered rental unit, you can still file a suit in small claims court.

You should be prepared that your landlord may also file a counterclaim for any backed rent that you mentioned was still owed.

Small claims court is designed to be user-friendly, so you can actually initiate this claim without the need for representation by an attorney.

If you go in to the clerk of courts office at your local small claims courthouse, they should be able to provide you with the forms you need to begin the suit.

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Customer reply replied 30 days ago
I live in a different city now, do I need to file the claim in the city where the property is located or can I do it here in the city where I reside now?
Real Estate Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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You would need to file in the city where the rental is located.

Is your landlord still residing in that jurisdiction?

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Customer reply replied 30 days ago
she is. She doesn't reside at the property. She was renting out the house as well as the basement
Real Estate Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
 replied 30 days ago

Then yes, you would file your small claims suit in the jurisdiction where the rental is located.

Good luck to you with this!

Don't forget to rate before leaving, thank you!

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Real Estate Lawyer: Nisha Jones,
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