(1) The personal property described in the notice shall be released by the landlord to the former tenant or, at the landlord’s option, to any person reasonably believed by the landlord to be its owner, if such tenant or other person pays the reasonable costs of storage and advertising and takes possession of the property not later than the date specified in the notice for taking possession.
(2) Where personal property is not released pursuant to subsection (1) and the notice has stated that the personal property will be sold at a public sale, the landlord shall release the personal property to the former tenant if she or he claims it prior to the time it is sold and pays the reasonable costs of storage, advertising, and sale incurred prior to the time the property is withdrawn from sale.
I told my landlord that I had lost my job due to a motor vehicle accident and would have to move and break my lease - I told him I would have all of my belongings out of the rental property by January 14, 2012 - I called to reverify on Jan 11, 2012 and he told me he had given my personal belongings away and he did this without an eviction notice in Santa Rosa County Florida I need to know what I can do to get justice for my belongings and can I get my deposit back - Please help because he says my belongings were given away and shays the people he gave them to took them to the dump I was current on my rent until January 2012 this was the month I was due to pay Jan 2,2012
January 18, 2012
Steven Daily: ...
First make a detailed list of everything that was removed and its value. Include photos if you have any. Demand compensation from the landlord. Assuming that does not work, with the list in hand, you should contact the police department and try to file a report against the landlord. In addition, you can file a case in small claims court seeking damages for the value of the confiscated personal property. If there is any money owed to you from your security deposit, you can add that to your suit. See more information about the return of security deposits in the Florida Statutes here: