There are regulations in place to protect the rights of the resident (making a “lockout” illegal). The statutes allow for removal of property under certain, specific circumstances, however, the only way to guarantee that there can be no legal claims against you as the landlord is to go through the eviction process and have a writ of restitution executed by a sheriff.
To avoid having to go through the eviction process simply to remove any abandoned belongings, you may get the resident to sign a Waiver of Abandoned Property upon vacating. This document states that the resident has left the unit and is willing to waive all rights to any property left behind. With the signing of this type of document, you could cancel any pending eviction and have some security in reclaiming the rental property.
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