My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: New York. In Buffalo, NY to be specific.
In September, my boyfriend at the time, moved in with me. We broke up in late December. He took some of his things after giving me back my keys that night but not everything. Up until he made a threat on my life with a call saying he had a bomb (which caused me to call the State Police and he was then arrested and sent to a psychiatric ward here in Buffalo), we were on good terms and I spoke to him almost every day, mostly asking when he would be coming to get his things so that we could both move on. He never gave me a time and, obviously after the threatening phone call, I have not heard from him since.
My mother is the landlord of the apartment where he and I were staying. She has never received any notice from him regarding his property - his claiming it is his or that he wants it back - nor have I, for that matter.
There is less than $200 worth of stuff left behind. It has been relinquished to me as it has been almost 120 days since he moved out.
The problem here is that he is now suing ME for his stuff - claiming it is worth an outrageous amount of money on top of it.
I have been unable to sleep all night because of this... So I have been racking my brain online trying to find some sort of solution to all of this... Am I legally obligated in any way to be liable for his stuff?? How do I handle this in court?!
All help APPRECIATED!!
Pictures below of items left behind included.
4 13 gallon garbage bags of clothes, one small radio/CD player, one grocery bag of odds & ends (DVDs, photos, stuffed animals, papers) that was all left behind.
A set of bootleg DVDs that was left behind.
A stolen DVD from RedBox that was left behind.
A set of broken speakers that belong to a co-worker of his that are broken and that were put in my (now) ex-boyfriend's care to fix.