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I am sorry to hear about what you are going through. A landlord can not sue self help and simply lock you out of the rental, if rent is late and past due. They first need to give you the proper notice to cure and if you fail to do so and pay, then proceed through the court and evict you. If she locks you out, you can sue her for damages and call the police and likely get the locks changed back, to allow you entry. The landlord does not have to use and apply security deposits for rent, if they do not want to, so the obligation to pay your rent does remain