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Illegal Lockouts FAQs

Can a landlord change a tenant's locks to force the tenant to move?

No. This is called an “illegal lockout” and Landlords may be subjected to treble damages and potential criminal proceedings.  

May a landlord turn off essential services such as the heat, water or electricity to force the tenant to move?

No. This is generally called a “constructive eviction.”  Landlords may be subjected to treble damages and potential criminal proceedings.

May a landlord change the locks on a tenant's apartment in order to lock out a tenant?

No. This is called an “illegal lockout” and Landlords may be subjected to treble damages and potential criminal proceedings.

May a landlord change the locks in order to lock out squatters?

No. This is called an “illegal lockout” and Landlords may be subjected to treble damages and potential criminal proceedings.   However, if those individuals have been in the subject premises for less than 30 days, you may notify the police department for possible assistance. 

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