Definition - What does Detainer mean?

Detainer is when a person illegally withholds an asset or other property from its rightful owner.

In property law, if a landlord evicts a tenant and the tenant does not leave the premises, it would be the subject of a detainer in that the tenant was illegally withholding the landlord's property.

Justipedia explains Detainer

Court injunctions usually get filed when a detainer happens to force the person withholding the property to hand it over to its rightful owners. Criminal convictions can arise as a result of detainers.

Detainer can also refer to a person being held against their will by another person who is not authorized to detain anyone.

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