Whatt o do about a landlord taking our personal property if we were commercial tenants?

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Whatt o do about a landlord taking our personal property if we were commercial tenants?

My son and I operated a pizza shop for the past 8 years. After a decline in business, and struggles to keep up with rents over the past couple of years we decided to relocate our business to another town. My son was in the process of constructing the new shop. Then, 5 months ago, the landlord locked us out without eviction and in my opinion has stolen all of our equipment including personal items from the office including, computers and important financial records, and tax information. We were forced to settle with our new landlordand give up our new shop. We have no income and our home is now at risk. We are uUnemployed as a result we don’t know what to do.

Asked on November 4, 2012 under Real Estate Law, North Carolina

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Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

I suggest that you consult with a landlord tenant attorney or your local legal aid clinci for assistance concerning your matter in that what the landlord did as to self help in locking you out of your rental and taking your equipment is illegal under the laws of all states in this country. Your former landlord could be subject to substantial damages and penalties as to what he or she did with respect to your lease.


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