I got served with a disspossossery warrant, I did not respond and did not show up to court after the 7 days was up. On the next day the landlord changed the locks and denied me access to the property to remove my personal belongings, I also have witness that he sold my lawnmower to a bystander outside of the residence.. what can I do to get my stuff back? My sick child also has very important medical supplies and mecidine in the house????
Based on your limited description, this sounds like a wrongful eviction to me. When you failed to answer and failed to go to court (usually if no answer is filed there is no court date), the writ should have issued on the eighth day after service, and it sounds like it was that 8th day when the LL was out there.. Then the LL has to schedule with the sheriff's/marshal's department to come out and be present when the writ is executed and at that time all of your personal property can be removed and placed on the curb and the locks changed. The LL cannot sell or keep any of your property. You do not say whether law enforcement was there when the LL did these things, that matters a lot. Even if the sheriff was there, the LL had no legal right to sell your lawnmower. If the sheriff was there, all of the other personal property is lost and you have no claim for that other property, but perhaps a claim about the mower (but how much would that be worth?). You get no extra time after the writ is granted, it is simply a matter of how long it takes the LL to schedule with the sheriff and get out there.
Generally, one has no time and must move immediately. However, under your set of facts, you were wrongfully evicted perhaps. Meet with counsel to discuss and be sure to read again Mr. Hopkins response. He knows about this stuff. Good luck!
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