Tenant Entitled to Lost Wages for Owner's Illegal Entry

June 18, 2009
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Facts: A tenant alleged that after he entered into possession of two units in a commercial building under a rental agreement, he found that the door lock had been changed and a “for rent” sign had been put up. He was told that he had been “locked out” because he failed to pay rent.

He regained access to the premises two days later after the owner changed the lock back as advised by the police. The tenant sued the owner for money damages, including double damages, as well as attorney's fees.

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