What to do if my landlord took my property and is now selling items and using my brand new equipment?

I leased out a commercial building for my business and my rent went into default I owed 1 month of rent, but the landlord has my deposit which is a full months rent. He locked the door when I was 5 days late and has kept my equipment. He is now leasing the building and the new lessee is using my products and brand new equipment. Can I sue him for the money spent on our things?

Asked on November 11, 2011 under Real Estate Law, Indiana


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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

If you fell behind in your commercial lease and your former landlord locked you out of your rental without the approval of a court order and is using your equipment, what he or she did is legally improper. What the landlord did was use self help to evict you without court approval.

I suggest that you consult with a landlord tenant attorney specializing in commercial leases. Good luck.

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