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Landlord Illegally Changed Locks To My Apartment To Lock Me Out Unlawful Eviction

Discussion in 'Other Residential Landlord & Tenant Issues' started by nicrig2000, May 25, 2015.

  1. nicrig2000

    nicrig2000 Law Topic Starter New Member

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    Suffolk County N.Y.
    Town of Brookhaven

    The landlord changed locks to my apartment
    I confirmed with the Landlord/Tenant Court & the Sheriff's Department, that no legal eviction proceedings were filed against me.

    I have no idea if my possessions have been disposed of. No notice given 2 me & again, illegal lockout.

    Can I have a locksmith come & remove her locks & have new ones installed, so I can get back into my apartment??? I don't know when she changed the lock, as I had been ill & recuperating at a family members home. She illegally did "self-help", I should be able to "self-help" back into my apartment. As what she did was illegal.

    Thank you,
  2. army judge

    army judge Super Moderator

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    When people use "self help" remedies, things get complicated and turn sour rapidly.
    That said, in this case, IF things are as you say; and you are legally entitled to occupy the premises with a valid lease, see if a locksmith can help you.

    If you are behind on your rent, and the landlord believes you abandoned the unit for weeks, months, etc...; when this does get to court, get ready for a bumpy ride.

    Read this Nassau-Suffolk Legal Aid article on illegal lockouts and give the agency a call on Tuesday for additional advice.


    More legal information, and maybe legal aid:


    Last edited: May 25, 2015
  3. mightymoose

    mightymoose Moderator

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    A locksmith may be reluctant to do this for you.
    Have you contacted the landlord yet to ask for a key?

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