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Can a landlord have the locks changed and keep all of your belongings from you?

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10/04/2007

Not unless one hasn't paid the rent due or is behind several months. The property is leased or rented - the landlord owns it - the owner can pretty much do what they want within the constraints of the law.

If you have not paid rent, then the landlord does not need to provide access to the rental. There are limits to the amount of time they must allow you to have the contents returned, but the expectation is that it is days, not weeks or months. And, not at your convenience, but theirs. Check your local landlord tenant laws to see where you stand, and go from there.