What are my legal rights on a board due payment? 3 Answers as of February 14, 2014

I feed the horses at my ranch to pay for my bills. I haven't been paid for January and February's board. When I was told that the reason for the owner putting a lock on my tack is because my board was due. I then told him to take the board out of what he owes me, like we have done in the past. This time he said no. Do I have a legal right to cut off his lock? I would only owe 64 dollars so far for rent.

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Stuart P Gelberg
Stuart P Gelberg | Stuart P Gelberg
There is no right of set-off of the debts unless you have a written agreement otherwise. Self help is not permissible.
Answer Applies to: New York
Replied: 2/14/2014
Lawrence Lewis
Lawrence Lewis | Lawrence Lewis, PC
Horses and no money. Too ridiculous.
Answer Applies to: Georgia
Replied: 2/14/2014
Peters Law, PLLC
Peters Law, PLLC | Mark T. Peters, Sr.
No, but you have a legal right to sue him for what he owes you.
Answer Applies to: Idaho
Replied: 2/14/2014
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