Everyone renting property should be aware of their rights…especially those regarding eviction. Ejecting you from rental property requires adherence to a legal process and authorization by a court. If the proper procedure is not followed or the court does not authorize the action, and you are forced out, the eviction is illegal. When this happens, a lawsuit may be filed and the guilty parties may be punished. What is important to realize, however, is that there is not an unlimited amount of time to file such lawsuits.
Generally, actions taken by victims are limited to a wrongful eviction statute of limitations. Although this period can vary from one state to another, in most cases, a person will only have a year or less to file a lawsuit.
These cases already have the likelihood of being complex. The fact that the statute of limitations may have passed would generally forfeit your rights to sue. However, if you were illegally evicted, there may be certain circumstances that will allow you to pursue your case anyway or there may be other grounds for a lawsuit that will help you to get the justice that you deserve. For the best results, you should share the circumstances of your case with an attorney so that you can obtain professional legal advice based on the laws in your state.