Illegal Evictions: Share Your Story!

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Illegal evictions, also known as "self help" evictions, can get Landlords and Property Managers in a lot of hot water. I personally know a Landlord that always keeps utilities in his name but passes the bills on to his tenants. If the tenant fails to pay rent, he shuts the utilities off and tells the tenant to get out. He's been doing this for nearly 40 years! I've also heard of owners removing doors, changing locks, throwing belongings out on the street, etc.

Have you evicted someone illegally or heard of someone else doing it? Share your stories!

P.S. We should all follow the law. This is not an endorsement of illegal evictions!!!

Interesting topic. My friend's father owns 40 units and he removes doors, faucets and toilets from properties of people he wants to evict. According to her, he never had any problems afterwards.
Interesting topic. My friend's father owns 40 units and he removes doors, faucets and toilets from properties of people he wants to evict. According to her, he never had any problems afterwards.
Originally posted by @Nathan G. :

Illegal evictions, also known as "self help" evictions, can get Landlords and Property Managers in a lot of hot water. I personally know a Landlord that always keeps utilities in his name but passes the bills on to his tenants. If the tenant fails to pay rent, he shuts the utilities off and tells the tenant to get out. He's been doing this for nearly 40 years! I've also heard of owners removing doors, changing locks, throwing belongings out on the street, etc.

Have you evicted someone illegally or heard of someone else doing it? Share your stories!

P.S. We should all follow the law. This is not an endorsement of illegal evictions!!!

 I have heard stories about terrible landlords. Most of these people have bad tenants in the first place because they are bad landlords. 

That's true, Anthony. In my example, that Landlord accepts anyone that shows up with money in hand. He doesn't do any screening. He doesn't provide a written lease. If the tenant stops paying, he kicks them out. When they leave, he makes the next tenant do the cleaning. It's a real mess.

At the same time, he makes over $40,000 a month in rental income...

I have heard of Landlords doing all sorts of things.  I wonder how much damage to the property is done when the Tenant leaves?  I am sure there are some interesting stories out there.