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
  • 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.

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