My Landlord Threatened To Lock Me Out Of My Apartment

No. Generally, a landlord is not allowed to use “self-help” to evict a tenant. He may not lock you out, throw you out, cut off your utilities (power & water), or take the law into his own hands in any way. These acts of “Self-Help” is highly illegal.

The landlord must use the judicial process: he must sue you in court, giving you legal notice (a “summons”) of the lawsuit and a chance to defend yourself. If the landlord wins and obtains a “judgment” against you, and you still won’t get out, he may have the sheriff or marshal throw you out. If the landlord does use self-help, call a tenant rights lawyer right away. You might have a good lawsuit against the landlord.

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