Most leases state that the landlord is not responsible for the loss or damage to the tenant`s personal property. Despite this lease language, a court may hold the landlord responsible if the loss or damage was caused by the landlord`s negligence. A tenant should first seek reimbursement for lost or damaged property by writing to the resident manager. If that is not successful, write to the property owner. If you are not reimbursed and feel your landlord is responsible, you should talk with an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, you can file a claim against your landlord in magistrate court.
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