Proving Compensatory Damages for Discarded Possessions

Q: My lease with a shopping center owner gave it the right to evict me if I defaulted on the lease. After I failed to pay rent, I also moved out of the space but left behind a few items that I had no place else to store. The owner engaged in a self-help eviction, by hiring a company to dispose of the items, rather than legally evicting me. I’m suing the owner because I think it should pay me for the value of the items. And it should’ve followed the eviction remedy in the lease instead of using self-help.

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