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The tenant can sue the landlord for wrongful eviction. The landlord had no right to change the locks and remove the property without going through an eviction proceeding in court. If she did this without an order from a court evicting a tenant, then the tenant has a strong case against the landlord for damages.
The tenant can recover out-of-pocket losses, such as motel bills during the time the tenant did not have a place to live (but the tenant needs to mitigate her damages and try to use reasonable efforts to find a new place). The tenant can also recover for the loss of her property- make a list and assign a value to each item. If you have photos to corroborate the tenant did own the property, that's great, but not necessary. The tenant can also get punitive damages ($100/day) and attorney fees and costs.
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