Is it illegal for a landlord to put padlocks on home while tenant is still inside? 3 Answers as of March 24, 2017

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Universal Law Group, Inc. | Francis John Cowhig
No. It's called a "lockout". Also, if the tenant was inside when the locks were placed and could not leave, there may be an action for false imprisonment. If you are the tenant, talk to an experienced attorney. If you are the landlord, don't do it.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/24/2017
Patrick W. Currin, Attorney at Law | Patrick Currin
Yes.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/22/2017
Law Offices of George H. Shers | George H. Shers
A landlord is not allowed to lock a tenant out. They must give a three day and/or 30 day notice, file in court for eviction, and then have the sheriff execute the judgment, at which time the locks can be changed to prevent the tenant from trespassing onto the property. There are various civil punishments for illegally locking a tenant out.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/22/2017
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