I have a retail store front. Right next store my landlord runs a illegal marijuana shop. He allows "Rif Raff" behind the gates and keeps the location unsafe. I was raided by the police thinking i was part of next store. I was allowed to be open. My landlord confronted me and asked if i told the police about next store. I said no. I am closed on Sundays. The next day, Saturday night, my store was broken into. The alarm was cut so i was not informed. My landlord was aware but did not inform me until the next night at 11pm while i was asleep and it was through text. Ao Monday morning i got the text. I rushed there and call the cops. The cops tried to get the video from the landlord and he refused to give it to them. I paid my landlord the rent. I then told him and his lawyer i will be removing my expensive stuff until he fixes the safety issue and everything else. I have put the rent into an account for my store and have emailed my landlord and his lawyer the proof. I went there today to do inventory as i do every week to make sure everything is there. The landlord changed the locks.
You should definitely contact a landlord tenant attorney in your area. Your landlord is likely engaging in "self help" by changing the locks without doing a proper eviction, which if correct would allowe you legal recourse. What you are doing with rent needs to be reviewed by an attorney and corrections likely need to be made.
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