Don’t Lock Out a Tenant—It’s Illegal

Landlords and property managers are sometimes tempted to take the law into their own hands…DON’T DO IT. When it comes to California Unlawful Detainer law, threats, intimidation, utility shutoffs, or attempts to physically remove the tenant can be dangerous and are illegal.

Despite the fact that the tenant didn’t pay rent, left the property damaged and messy, and verbally abused managers and neighbors- Don’t Lock Out A Tenant. As a landlord, you may find yourself on the wrong end of a lawsuit for trespassing, assault, slander, libel, and wrongful eviction. Defending this kind of lawsuit will be far more costly than evicting the tenant through legal means.

When a tenant sues after being locked out, they can gain actual money losses (the cost of temporary housing, utilities, spoiled groceries, etc.) and they can also sue for penalties such as several months’ rent. Tenants may even be able to remain in the premises after damages awards. Landlords who lock out their tenants can often find themselves sued over the tenant’s valuable possessions, also. The tenant will claim that their possessions were lost or stolen when the landlord locked them up or removed them.

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