In July of 2010 my landlord gave me an eviction notice she wrote herself saying i had 3 days to vacate the premises she never filed an eviction notice through the court about 2 weeks later i found a new place and informed her i was moving and we agreed i would have my stuff out and return my key on the 17 th on the 16 th i went to get my stuff and she changed the locks on the door and threw out everything me and my daughter owned would never tell me where it was she stated she had someone come and remove it
Actions for unlawful or forcible entry are required to be brought within two years of the alleged action. O.R.C. 1923.01(B). It is ok if your landlord hand wrote the eviction notice as long as it contained specific language required by the Ohio Revised Code. Furthermore, in residential rentals, landlords are prohibited from "self-help" evictions. O.R.C 5321.15.
There are other common law claims that may exist in your case such as: conversion, trespass to chattels, tresspass, and possibly others. Each one carries its own statute of limitations. You should hire an attorney as soon as possible in order to protect any claims you may have from being barred by the statute of limitations.
If you have further questions please feel free to contact me.
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