My question involves an eviction in the state of: Virginia
I was served with an eviction notice from the sheriff stating I had until 11am on January 27th to remove my possessions from the property. I had been in the process of moving things out for a few weeks (I could no longer afford the rental as I lost my job due to downsizing). I missed a phone call from the apartment management team on Friday, January 21st, but I did not return the call. I stopped by on 1/23 to remove a few more things, and planned on returning 1/26 to remove the remaining items and hand over the keys. A snowstorm hit on the 26th, so I decided to get up super early on the 27th to move things out. When I arrived, the locks had already been changed, and when I walked around back and looked into the apartment, everything was completely gone.
I contacted the apartment property immediately, and just finally heard back from them via email today, stating that they assumed I no longer resided there since I had not returned their phone call and the papers were still taped to the door (which, is a lie because I removed them on the 23rd). They threw away several thousand dollars worth of my possessions, including files with receipts, my laptop, shelving, clothes, etc. My lease ended on 1/15, however I thought the writ of possession/eviction notice superseded this.
I assume I have a case against them? I currently have a balance of ~$5K, however they threw away well over that dollar value in property.
Thanks for the help