Can I sue my ex-boyfriend for stopping payment on a storage unit which resulted in my losing all of my possessions?

Question Details: I shared a storage unit with my ex-boyfriend I suppose he is still my common law spouse. I wasn't smart and the storage unit was only in his name. After we broke up, I asked him to add my name to the lease and he didn't. He stated in several emails that he would be returning all my items to me. Fast forward several years later and he stopped payment on the storage unit. All my belongings were auctioned off. I know it's my fault for not being listed on the lease but could I sue in regarding to having written emails stating that he would mail all of my belongings to me?

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