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When a tenant is in default, the landlord is not permitted to perform was is known as a "self-help eviction." This is where the landlord foregoes the legal process and commits an act like changing the locks to evict the tenant.
Furthermore, he cannot keep all the items in the restaurant as collateral.
He would need to evict you properly and sue you for nonpayment of rent. That is his only other remedy aside from reaching an out-of-court settlement with you.
If that language is in the contract then he can place a lien on the nonexempt personal property, but he cannot simply hold that property "hostage." He would need to go through the proper legal channels to place a lien on that property.
He cannot simply deprive you of it.
You may be able to find an attorney that would be willing to take the case on a contingency fee. Typically, however, most attorneys will only take this case if they are paid upfront or hourly.
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