What type of lawyer do I need to sue my former landlord for illegal possession of my property and illegal lock out? The state is PA delaware couty.the landlord shut off my electric we went to a...

What type of lawyer do I need to sue my former landlord for illegal possession of my property and illegal lock out? The state is PA delaware couty.

the landlord shut off my electric we went to a motel and when we returned to see if the electric had come back on the locks had been changed and half of my property was outside and half was still locked in the house in the middle of a snowstorm.

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brettd | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Educator Emeritus

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Landlord/Tenant law is tricky and varied from state to state.  Assuming this was an apartment, the value of the total property still inside the apartment might be less than $5000, and if so, all you need to do is file a case in small claims court.  This way you could file a court case and only consult a lawyer as opposed to retaining one for the whole lawsuit.

The attorney you talk to can tell you which specific laws apply, and you should also consider whether or not there was any weather damage to your property left outside when you come up with a damage total.  In small claims court, you won't win any judgement for mental anguish, but you may be able to recover the charges for the hotel. Your lawyer can advise you on this too.

As for the type of lawyer, you might try to find one that specializes in property or landlord/tenant law.  Simply call and ask an attorney, and if they cannot help you, they can usually refer you to one who can.

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rienzi | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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For a lawyer google then go to or call the Delaware County Bar in Media and they can refer you to a lawyer.

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