Posted by John E. Marre on April 26, 1999 at 21:54:18:
In Reply to: non lease eviction posted by Frank Gentile on April 25, 1999 at 06:18:13:
In many jurisdictions, it is considered theft if the landlord changes locks on your apartment (lease or no) and your property is still inside. Personal experience has shown that this applies in NYC and many other areas. If the locks are changed and your property is still on the premises, notify the police immediately! If there is time, contact a lawyer as well. You may be entitled to damages.
it's a big inconvenience, but you do have recourse in the event this happens.
Meanwhile, you might want to keep any and all proof you have of your residency in this place on your person or somewhere you can gain ready access to it. Do keep something with you at all times though. It will be of great assistance if you need to contact the police.
Best suggestion.... get away from there as quickly as you can.
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