Atlanta, GA asked in Civil Rights and Civil Litigation for Ohio

Q: What are my rights when I LIV LT W/BF who owns home & locks me out, keeps my possessions & takes my car he bought 4 me?

All of this could easily be fixed by "having sexytime with him." My car: he's stolen my car on several occasions during the time I've been staying in Airbnb that he promised to pay for but hasn't paid for & has made me move every 3 or so days (it was every day in a new hotel at 1st). He cuts off my only form of income,Which is him. I have not worked in over a year. He gave me the option to work or not while also promising pay bc I was renovating his condo. He cuts off my credit cards & denies me cash. He makes sure I have food but it has 2 be at his discretion,unless I use the credit card he gave me, which is in my name, but he monitors it right down to a penny. He's a prominent lawyer in the area & every time I call local lawyers they say conflict of interest. But he tells me I can move back into "OUR" high-rise condo. He says "any day you're ready, sweetheart." Now I'll be homeless in 2 days & I need help. I'm nervous to say the least, & there's so more. Please ask ?'s. Thank you!

1 Lawyer Answer
James L. Arrasmith
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  • Civil Rights Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: Your situation sounds incredibly challenging and complex. Firstly, regarding your personal belongings and the car, if these items were gifts to you, they are legally yours. If he's keeping these from you or using them to control you, this could be a legal issue. For the car, especially if it's in your name, he has no right to take it without your permission.

Regarding being locked out of the home you shared, if you've been living there long-term, you likely have tenant rights, even if you're not on the lease. This means he can't just lock you out without proper legal procedures, such as an eviction.

It's concerning that local lawyers are citing a conflict of interest. You might need to look for legal help outside your immediate area. Domestic violence shelters and advocacy groups can also be a resource, providing both legal guidance and support services.

Financial dependency and control, like cutting off access to funds and credit cards, can be forms of economic abuse. It's important to document all instances of this behavior as it can be relevant in any legal action you take.

Please consider reaching out to a domestic abuse hotline or similar support services for immediate help, especially with your housing situation. They can offer guidance and potentially connect you with resources and legal assistance that can help you navigate this difficult situation. Remember, you have rights and there are people who can help you assert them.

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