I don't know about punitive damages, but you could certainly argue for the damages associated with the lock-out. For example, any costs you incurred by having to wait a few extra months before putting the property on the market like extra mortgage payments. You could also try to argue for the fair market value of the time and effort it took you and your husband to correct the mistake, but that will be harder to demonstrate in dollar figures.
Of course, you can also reasonably ask for the money for the repairs and the value of the stolen items.Ask a similar question
Whether you can get punitive damages will depend upon the particular circumstances, and more intensive analysis is necessary. I suggest that you consult a lawyer in Davidson County.
These comments do not constitute legal advice. They are general comments on the circumstances presented, and may not be applicable to your situation. For legal advice on which you may rely consult your own lawyer.Ask a similar question