Our lease is up on April 30th and we had moved the lion's share of our things out of the apartment on April 15th to our new place. Still, we have the lease for a couple more weeks, so we figured we'd move some smaller stuff at our leisure.
Anyways, my roommate went over today to grab some things and there's a massive project going on unbeknownst to us. Floors are taken out. Doors are off the hinges. We also had some of our stuff missing, including clothes, home weights, and a TV mount.
What would be the appropriate course of action here?
This is a pretty clear violation of the Chicago Residential Landlord and Tenant Ordinance (assuming it applies to your unit). You can recover money for an unlawful entry and possibly also for the landlord taking over possession before the lease was up.
I suggest you contact a Chicago tenants' rights attorney to formally discuss your options.
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