Company has been struggling to pay the rent and the Landlord has decided to lock us out. In the facility there are employees personal belongings as well as patient belongings which include important medicines and equipment not belonging to the company. Is that legal in the state of Virginia?
if they didn't go through the legal process no... seek an attorney as soon as possible in your area. a landlord is not allowed to self-help.
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As stated, the landlord needs to go through the courts to get you out and failing to do so and locking you out so you cannot retrieve personal belongings opens the landlord up to liability.
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I hate to disagree with my colleagues, but in a commercial lease, a lockout is not illegal. The landlord has what is called an 'inchoate' lien on all property of the tenants. That said, the company lawyer should probably contact the owner's lawyer and ask for assistance in retrieving personal items of patients and employees. This is a seldom used remedy in landlord tenant even though it was common back when I began practicing.
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