The landlord can refuse to return your things until you pay what it cost to move and store them only if the landlord legally removed your things in the first place.
In this case, the landlord's actions were not legal. Write the landlord a letter. Put in your letter, if true, that you have not abandoned the place and, if true, that you plan to keep living there.
Keep a copy of the letter for your records. You can use our sample letter.
Make sure you can prove the landlord got this letter. Bring a witness who is not a household member or send it certified mail return receipt requested and regular mail.
If you do not get your things back after sending the letter, you can call the police, if you feel comfortable talking to law enforcement. If you send a written demand for your things, the landlord must return them.
You can also go to court to force the landlord to give you back your things. If you win, the judge can award you up to $10,000.