I lived in an apartment complex where there were workers were frequently coming in and out without my permission. I told my landlord that i had expensive equipment i keep in my apartment and i wasn’t comfortable with this so i would be changing my lock. I also had a cat that i didn’t pay a deposit for, when they asked me about it, i paid immediately. After i paid them my pet deposit, they posted a note on my door saying i had 24 hours to get out because i changed the lock. It was just a letter on their personal letterhead, they did not go through the court or anything. Not knowing any better, i left because i thought that they didn’t need to go through a court, i now know better. They are now suing me for $2,000 in damages because i didn’t clean anything in the apartment as the lease stated i had to. However, i did not have time to clean because i was given only 24 hours. When i tried to go back the next day to try and get the rest of the trash and furniture, the locks had been changed so i couldn’t get in. Do i have a case for wrongful eviction that i can pursue so as not to pay these $2,000 charges?
You don't have a case for a counterclaim, but you have a defense against the landlord's claim. You should really meet with a local real estate attorney, but it sounds like you have a decent defense. I hope you kept the letter telling you that you had to leave in 24 hours. You did what the landlord told you to do and you left in 24 hours, although I don't believe the landlord had the right to tell you that.
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