Hinton v. Sealander Brokerage Co.
District of Columbia Court of Appeals
915 A.2d 95 (2007)
Nokomis Hinton (plaintiff) was a tenant of a house owned by Sealander Brokerage Co. (Sealander) (defendant). Hinton alleged that she had given Sealander a 30-day notice that she was leaving the premises, Sealander had changed the locks before the 30-day period was over, and Sealander had denied her access to her belongings that remained in the house. Sealander argued that locks had to be placed on the doors, because there was evidence of vandalism within the unit after Hinton had abandoned it. Sealander also claimed that it had communicated to Hinton that she could retrieve her belongings at any time. Hinton argued that by changing the locks without providing a key to her, Sealander had effectively evicted her before the end of her lease. At trial, the court ruled for Sealander. Hinton appealed.
Rule of Law
Holding and Reasoning (Ferren, C.J.)
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