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Good morning. I certainly understand your situation and concern. Yes, it is certainly illegal what he did. The landlord can not use self help to evict you or to demand rent be paid. Any relief or remedy sought, would have had to be obtain through the court. You should certainly keep the letters, evidencing his action and to support your testimony, about what he did. The court could take action and fine him, if you file suit. Your security deposit should have been returned within 30 days after you moved out or the landlord should have provided you with an itemized list of any deductions and returned the balance, if any. If he failed to do this, he may have waived his right to do so and would need to return the full amount. If he fails to do so, you would have to sue him to recover, in addition to any other damages which you suffered, as a result of his actions. If he turned off the power and water and you were forced to move, you could try and recover the cost in doing so.
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