Frequently asked Questions from Tenants

Do I have to response to a complaint if there is no case number?

Yes. If you have been served with a complaint for an unlawful detainer (eviction) you must respond. If there is no case number you only need to respond to the landlord or his or her attorney. If there is a case number you must also file your response with the court.

How long does an eviction take?

If the landlord is motivated and files all the paperwork correctly and immediately, an eviction can take as little at three and a half weeks. Most landlord tenant cases are resolved within 1 to 2 months.

What if I did not get notice of my court date and I did not go?

If you did not receive notice of your court date, you may have grounds to vacate the order. However, a motion to vacate the Writ of Restitution

How long does a landlord have to return my deposit?

A landlord has 21 days from the date you vacate to either return your full deposit or provide you with an accounting showing why he or she withheld any portion of it.  Make sure you leave a forwarding address, or the landlord will likely mail it the address you just moved from.

Can my landlord give me verbal notice to move out?

No.

Does my landlord have to give me notice that he or she is not going to renew my lease?

This will depend what the lease says. Generally, a tenancy automatically ends when the lease term ends. However, if the lease states that a certain amount of notice is required, or that the tenancy converts to a month to month tenancy when the lease ends, then the lease controls.

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