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You cannot change the locks and the court could grant the "tenant" damages because of your actions. This is known as a self help eviction and is expressly prohibited. The former owner is consider to be on a motion to month oral lease that must be terminated in order for you to gain possession. The court MUST order the former owner to leave and grant your motion for recovery of real property before you change the locks.
The tenant must first have been served written notice to quit, either personally, by leaving it at the property, or by conspicuous posting on the leased premises. The tenant must be given 15 days to vacate as you could argue that the "tenant" has nonpayment for this "lease". After the eviction proceeding is when you are supposed to file the recovery of real property and you as the "landlord" should recover possession and may request an order of possession between 10 and 120 days after judgment is entered. (RCPMDJ 515) (RCPMC 126) The court will issue the order, directing the executing officer to deliver actual, possession of the real property to you. (RCPMDJ 516A) Hopefully you filed this eviction or "notice to quit" before you filed the recovery motion and did not lock out the former owner as this could cause you problems if not.
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No, it is not permissible to change the locks which is considered a self help eviction. You skipped a step and needed to evict her officially before filing the recovery of real property. Just because you own the property does not mean that the former tenant does not have rights. She has to be ordered through an eviction to leave and then you can file to recover your property. It would guess that the Judge will not order her to leave and make you go through the process and evict her which would be give proper notice, set the eviction hearing and then the sheriff would be ordered to remove the "tenant". I would talk to a local attorney as you have some things to fix before you go in front of a Judge.
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