Mom Claims Landlord Stripped Apartment Bare While She was on Vacation — and Threw Father’s Ashes in Dumpster

A New Jersey mom is accusing her landlord of emptying her flat and throwing her father’s ashes in the trash. 

In a video she shared on social media, Kayla Lacara, 22, recalled the time she came back home from a holiday trip to a completely empty flat.

Her daughter’s high chair had also been thrown in the bin, and after going through the dumpster her shock grew even bigger.

She said:

“I went dumpster diving, and I found my dad’s urn, with all of my dad’s ashes all over the floor, sticking to the bottom of the dumpster.”

Kayla’s father, unfortunately, died last December at only 50 years of age, and the landlord decided to leave behind the prayer card which had his photo on it. 

Kayla moved into the flat with her boyfriend and their baby daughter in 2020. They had seen an ad for a 6-month lease, which was perfect for them, and had paid the rent until the end of March.

The landlord, however, had been subletting the apartment without the knowledge of the owner, having lived in there for about 10 years herself.

Reportedly, the sub-letter had purchased a house and was trying to get out of the lease early and get her security deposit back.


No this isn’t a joke. I lost my entire life at 22.#FYI #share #viral #robbery

♬ original sound – Kayla Lacara

Last month, Kayla and her family went on a little holiday to Mexico and shared some photos on social media.

After seeing this, the landlord – who is also a teacher – reportedly sent Kayla a text informing her that she had to leave the apartment by the end of that same weekend and threatened her that he would leave everything she had outside.

After reporting what had happened to the police, Kayla was reassured that what the landlord was doing was illegal. 

But when the family came back home, the flat had been left completely bare, with the landlord having allegedly thrown everything out, including the baby’s belongings.

Image: GoFundMe

In their GoFundMe page, which has so far raised more than $4000, Kayla wrote:

“Every room is wiped out clean they even took the handles off every door knob (when I tell you everything is gone it looks like it’s a brand new apartment ready to be moved into).

ON TOP of my entire apartment being robbed, this lady took my fathers ashes who just passed away December 10th of 2020 and poured them into a trash bin outside of our apartment complex.

I’m 22 years old and this woman took my entire life from me. The law is doing its best to give me the justice we deserve but we’re starting from the bottom, and it can take months or maybe even longer to recover our items.”


Part 3 will be posted after I leave the police station! All donations are appreciated❤️ #fyp #robbed #viral #share #robbery

♬ original sound – Kayla Lacara

According to TooFab, the owner of the building is said to now be seeking an eviction notice and will be renting out the place to someone else next month. Kayla and her family are still living in an empty flat now, and have no other place to call home.


Answer to @j.lightt

♬ original sound – Kayla Lacara

She is of the mind that the landlord could get charged for burglary and could be made to pay for damages. However, under New Jersey law, this money is apparently considered almost impossible for the victim to claim.

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