CLRP

Has a Landlord Locked You Out?

Lockouts are illegal. It is against the law for a landlord or any other person to change the lock on your apartment or room, withhold your belongings, or in any way interfere with your rights to use and enjoy your apartment. However, your landlord may have the right to lock you out if you have not live in the apartment for a period of time and it can be claimed that you have abandoned the apartment.

The only way you can be removed from your apartment is by either your landlord bringing and winning an eviction action in court or by a foreclosure where you are named as a tenant in the foreclosure and the court has ordered the foreclosure.