Posted by Pissed Off Tenant on January 31, 2001 at 10:08:37:
In Reply to: Re: Landlord locked me out! - NEED LEGAL ASSISTANCE ASAP posted by Renee on January 31, 2001 at 09:50:48:
:) Yes, they do seem extinct right? Well in California (land of frivilous lawsuits I can find a lawyer who will not charge me anything unless the case is won and then they get 1/3.
I spoke to a lawyer and he wants $1200 for these proceedings, and $500 to do proceedings for subletting the same apartment, he says that he should be able to get around $15000 to $20000 in damages. I know that the amount is much larger than what I am putting in, but I wanted to find out if there was someone else that I can compare prices.
: A good inexpensive lawyer in Manhattan. I thought those were extinct!!! Forbidden by law. etc.
: Lockouts are illegal. Period. Get a copy of your police report. Get photographs of screw holes in door jambs. Witness statements. Copies of your rent checks that prove rent payment is current. I don't even think you need an attorney for this one. Seems pretty cut and dry. If you do get an attorney, make sure they are familiar and very experienced with landlord / tenant issues. A divorce lawyer for example would not serve your best interest. I think you have the makings of a great case here.
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