My landlord and I had a covenant agreement for 11 months. On the last month, she changed the locks and locked me out. Over a week later I was able to get in and she told me to remove my things or she'd call the cops and say she felt unsafe. I moved my stuff out. Not only is this unfair, she also spent my deposit (co-mingling of funds) and said I was not entitled to anything. She later destroyed all mail correspondence (instead of returning) from Colorado commissioner of insurance and the Colorado dept of revenue. I would like to pursue criminal charges against her, as well as remanding my funds.
Let's start with the claims that will likely go nowhere. Nothing you wrote indicates this is a criminal matter. You are free to contact the police or DA on this but I suspect they will tell you this is a civil matter and to talk to an attorney. There is no law that a landlord must return correspondence. If you mean she destroyed your property, you may have a claim. If all she destroyed was letters, I don't see this as providing anything as to damages. If things of value were destroyed, that is another story.
Regarding the valid points, there are several options. First, the landlord must account for the deposit in writing within the time in the lease but no longer than 60 days. If that was not done you can demand the return of the entire deposit and if that is not done you can sue for three times the amount of the deposit plus attorney fees. if you retain an attorney. I don't know what a covenant agreement is. I will assume you mean a lease.
If during the lease or even after the lease term you are locked out then you have viable claims for wrongful eviction. You would have to sue for that claim and that could be part of your suit if she does not account or return the security deposit in the time required.
Ultimately, depending on a review of the lease and more facts, you may have several viable legal claims and you should consult with a landlord-tenant attorney.
This answer is for informational purposes only and is not legal advice regarding your question and does not establish an attorney-client relationship.
You can file police reports with the local police and postal inspector regarding the theft of your mail. Just don't expect them to actually divert any resources to the matter. That is as far as you can go with criminal charges.
You can certainly sue for return of your security deposit. If she did not provide you a written accounting of the deposit within 60 days of your leaving the property, she must return the deposit and may be liable for three times the deposit plus attorney fees and costs.
If you can establish actual monetary damages related to the lock-out, you can sue for that as well.
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