Landlord Cannot Generally Take Your Property For Unpaid Rent


George Coughlin’s Law for the Layman informs us that, in the absence of a state statute, the landlord has no lien on the personal property of his tenants for unpaid rent. This means that if you are in arrears on your monthly rent payments that the landlord may file an eviction notice, but NOT enter your apartment or domicile to seize or impound your property for the purpose of collecting late rent.

There are actually some states in the USA that allow landlords to take ,for example, a renter’s crops to help collect unpaid rent. So be informed about laws specific to your state that allow landlords or property owners to take tenant personal property in return for late rent.


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  1. Low income and poverty level citizens often have to endure the clamor,tumult, and noise of a poorly designed apartment where you can even hear your upstairs neighbors tiptoeing to the bathroom. Very close to hell on earth.

    Solution: save up for a detached home to avoid the inevitable misery of lowlife inconsiderate neighbors with felony convictions.

    I’m going crazy with my awful upstairs neighbor. I don’t think that she works because she never leaves her condo – she is basically livably quiet until around 11:00pm, when she starts blaring music, stomping around, moving furniture, and has her very loud boyfriend over (I can hear them talking, yelling, watching TV). I HAVE HAD TO SLEEP ON MY COUCH FOR 4 MONTHS!!!! There is a louder fan in my living room that helps to drown out noise.

    I went the civil route(being nice first usually the best approach)and tried to talk to her nicely a few times, and leave her ‘friendly reminder’ notes. She has not done anything to change, and now it’s turned into a war. Last night she blasted music at 11:00pm (the bass was pumping), so I slammed on the ceiling. She quieted a little, and then at midnight, it sounded like she turned up the volume as high as it would possibly go for 10 seconds – it blasted me out of bed (couch).

    So at 7:00 this morning (she sleeps until 11:00), I threw my sneakers at my ceiling to her bedroom. I was thrilled to hear her wake up cursing.

    I can’t believe that this has become my life – I never thought I would do anything like this. I hate her so much, it’s like she’s invaded my life.

  2. Julie Waltmire is a slumlord who probably has been sued in small claims court in Roswell NM . She stopped just short of threatening us trying to enforce INVALID CONTRACT. Our lawyer told us she has had multiple complaints filed against her at Better Business Bureau. As a landlord she did NOT tell us about known problems in the home she leased to us. She deliberately concealed relevant information about the habitability of an old poorly maintained home she inherited from her parents. She does not realize we have the right to consider the lease broken and to move out without paying any rent.

    I was so pissed off I went to her house at 414 East 23rd Street and she would not answer door or her phone at 624-1214. She has multiple properties I believe. If you have been screwed over by her, please advise as we can initiate a lawsuit

    1. Not surprised that Julie Waltmire is trying to collect gouging level rental prices for a poorly maintained piece of property. Are you talking about that big brick house on the north west side of town? Would never enter into any kind of financial agreement with her. Her Not of This World alien shop is DEEP in the Red I heard which makes her that much more desperate. Just threaten to take her to court like you said and spread the word she is unfair. Then nobody will rent from her. Things have a way of working out to expose evil people. The internet helps Karma along dont ya think?!