Can my ex live-in boyfriend climb through a window in my house after I’ve changed the locksif I am not at home?

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Can my ex live-in boyfriend climb through a window in my house after I’ve changed the locksif I am not at home?

He moved his things out on Friday and I changed the locks Friday night and texted him that he could get the rest of his stuff when I got off work on Saturday. He came through a window, took his things and some of mine. We lived together 6 months. Nothing on paper but he changed his address to mine.

Asked on December 10, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Kentucky

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Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

If your former boyfriend climbed through a window in your home, obviously he can do so. Whether or not he was legally allowed to do what he did is another issue. If you did not give him permission to enter your home, then what he did was a trespass which could be both a criminal and civil wrong.

If some of your things were taken without permission, he owes you the return of the items or the fair market value of them.

I suggest that you write him seeking the return of your property by a certain date. If he refuses to return the items by the date demanded, your recourse is small claims court.

I would keep the locks to your windows more tightly secured in the future.

 


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