San Jose, CA asked in Landlord - Tenant and Small Claims for Ohio

Q: I have never been evicted. Went to get moving van and came back to changed locks and I can't get property.

The landlords just went in and rummaged through my apartment and then put locks on doors. From what I can see they've stolen some things as well. We have no written lease. They have never given me a receipt and I lived there 3 years. Now on the day I'm moving they cut off the lock of a big box truck I have and put a lockbox on it. They also changed the locks on both apartment doors and put hasps with lockboxes as well. They are saying I owe them money when I owe them nothing and they want me to give them $1000 to get my things back. Secondly they took off and moved out of state and wouldn't answer me for the last 2 months. Yesterday I got a text telling me if I went out there I'd be arrested and that I couldn't have my truck or any of the things in my apartment until they got $1,000. What can I do?

1 Lawyer Answer

Bruce Martin Broyles

Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Lancaster, OH
  • Licensed in Ohio

A: Ohio does not provide for self-help provisions in a residential lease. Landlords must provide a 3 day notice; file a complaint for forcible entry and detainer; provide sufficient information at a hearing, and obtain a writ of restitution. Does not sound as though your landlord did these things. You have a claim for wrongful eviction.

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