What to do if I was living at my best friend’s house and just recently got kicked out?

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What to do if I was living at my best friend’s house and just recently got kicked out?

Now her mom is trying to keep my things because she says that I owe her electric and rent money. Can she do that?

Asked on December 9, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Missouri

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

First off, Idon't know if you received a notice to vacate but you should have been given one. Depending on your status(tenant versus guest) it should have been either a 30-day or 3-day notice. Additionally, whether or not you owe any money to this women, she has no right to keep your belongongs. To collect any money that you my owe her, she would need to file a suit in small claims to collect.

At this point, you can sue her for wrongful evistion and conversion. You can either go to small claims court or speak dierectly with an attorney in your area who can further explain your rights to you under specific state law. 


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