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Hello, my name is Richard and I will try to help you. Please remember I just report or interpret the law, so the outcome may not be what you hoped for.
I suggest you contact a the police and tell them what occurred and that you will be getting a locksmith to break the lock and reinstall a new lock. If you can download a copy of the check you used to pay the initial deposit and rent. That will be the best evidence that you are the rightful tenant in the absence of a copy of the lease which I assume is in the apartment. Once you get in you can get things straightened out later with the landlord. I also suggest you tell him you will be deducting your costs from the next rent payment.
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