Houston, TX asked in Landlord - Tenant for Texas

Q: Hi my friend had my 4 wheeler & one night his landlord changed locks & is holding my 4 wheeler as ransom until he pays

My friend’s landlord is holding my 4 wheeler & other items until he pay for breaking lease. Can he hold my property??

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Teri A. Walter
Teri A. Walter
  • Houston, TX
  • Licensed in Texas

A: No, the landlord has no authority to hold property belonging to someone else. Go show him whatever documents you have showing that the 4 wheeler belongs to you, and pick it up. If he won't release it, you can sue for conversion - small claims court will have jurisdiction over claims of less than $20k.

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