What to do if ourlandlord returned our deposit on a commercial rentalbut now will not let us get our property out saying things needs fixing?

Get Legal Help Today

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption

What to do if ourlandlord returned our deposit on a commercial rentalbut now will not let us get our property out saying things needs fixing?

Can he hold our items?

Asked on February 1, 2012 under Real Estate Law, Connecticut

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

No, a landlord may NOT keep your belongings or property. If there is damage which the landlord discovers ro which he may properly charge you , then if either the damage exceeds the deposit, or the landlord returned the deposit prior to discovering the damage, his proper recourse is to sue you for the money you owe. He has no right to hold onto your belongings unless you had actually provided them as collateral for the obligation to pay for repairs. You could contact the police--in theory, they should help you, since the landlord is unlawfully holding your property. If they decline to get involved, characterizing this as a civil landlord-tenant dispute, you would bring a legal action on an "emergent" (or urgent) basis, seeking a court order that the lanldord return your belongings.


IMPORTANT NOTICE: The Answer(s) provided above are for general information only. The attorney providing the answer was not serving as the attorney for the person submitting the question or in any attorney-client relationship with such person. Laws may vary from state to state, and sometimes change. Tiny variations in the facts, or a fact not set forth in a question, often can change a legal outcome or an attorney's conclusion. Although AttorneyPages.com has verified the attorney was admitted to practice law in at least one jurisdiction, he or she may not be authorized to practice law in the jurisdiction referred to in the question, nor is he or she necessarily experienced in the area of the law involved. Unlike the information in the Answer(s) above, upon which you should NOT rely, for personal advice you can rely upon we suggest you retain an attorney to represent you.

Get Legal Help Today

Find the right lawyer for your legal issue.

secured lock Secured with SHA-256 Encryption