Q: Can a landlord who is a police officer conduct his own investigation on a tenant and evict them?

My landlord was a drug investigator and he did his own investigation allegedly conducting three trash pulls to obtain a bogus warrant to search my home and evict me. He then refused to return the rent I had paid ahead of time or my deposit. I left in December and was paid until February and I had a deposit when I moved in he gave me nothing back, house was spotless when I left and I owed nothing. What can I do? Is it not a conflict of interest for him to conduct the investigation?

1 Lawyer Answer
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Ronald J. Eisenberg
Answered
  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Chesterfield, MO
  • Licensed in Missouri

A: If you were sued and served with the summons and petition or it was posted, then you would have had an opportunity to show up at court and argue that you didn’t breach the lease. From your post, it’s not clear what happened. If you lost the case and the judgment is final then I don’t know that you have a remedy. Or maybe you are owed some money back. Schedule a consultation with an attorney if you want a more informed assessment.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.