our 30 days were up on the 16th. The landlord changed locks on the 12th. Do we have to pay him for the 5 days that the locks were change?

We did not have anything in the house. We had things in the garage. he did not change that lock. I was told by a friend who has rental property they said that we do not have to pay for the 5 that the locks were changed. Is this true?

Asked on June 30, 2009 under Real Estate Law, Oregon

Answers:

N. K., Member, Iowa and Illinois Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

It is illegal for a landlord to change the locks before the tenant moves out. Even when a tenant refuses to move out and the landlord has obtained a judgment of eviction, the landlord can't do this. He must seek the assistance of law enforcement.

No, you do not have to pay for the 5 days.


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