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Does your lease have a forfeiture clause?
This will be a clause entitling your landlord to terminate in certain circumstances and would usually be near the end of the document.
Is there an actual written lease?
Right. Have you checked with your solicitor about the changing of the locks?
You should obviously check with your original solicitor on Monday whether there was a forfeiture clause in your lease. There should be, the landlord's solicitor will have a case for negligence against his solicitor if they did not include it.
The forfeiture clause will give the right to terminate the lease in certain circumstance and usually in the case of rent where this has been unpaid for a period of time (usually 14-21 days) after falling due. IN this event the landlord would be entitled to affect peaceable re-entry to the property, change the locks and take possession of the property. If this is the case then you would not be advised to sue the landlord because they have acted within their rights I'm afraid. In all probability this is what has happened.
If there is no forfeiture clause in the contract then you would be able to sue the Landlord for breach of contract, but as I say I would be astonished if it was not in the Lease.
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Yes they are entitled to display a note confirming the forfeiture and reason for it. They do this for the purpose of informing you that the locks have been changed. It would also be difficult to show direct financial loss flowing from anything included in the notice.
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