Summons & Complaint
For Unlawful Detainer


Before you can evicted, you must get your day in court, where you can argue that the eviction is unwarranted. An eviction reaches the court stage when you receive a "Summons & Complaint For Unlawful Detainer." This is a set of official looking court papers served on you personally. 3 day notices or 30 day notices of eviction are not the Summons & Complaint (you must get a 3 or 30 day notice prior to getting a Summons & Complaint For Unlawful Detainer)..

You have the right to contest your eviction in court and to challenge your landlord's motives and facts. You have the right to a jury trial before you are evicted. If you want to exercise these rights, you can not ignore this Summons & Complaint and you must deal with it immediately if you want to continue to fight your eviction.


If you fail to file an Answer in five days, you will automatically lose your eviction case and be forced from your home by the Sheriff's Office within a very short time.
If you file an Answer in time, you will get additional time in your home and the chance to fight the eviction.

To File An Answer, Take All Of Your Papers To:

995 MARKET, SUITE 1200
9:30 AM-11:30 AM & 1-3 PM, MONDAY-FRIDA

Note: EDC is closed the morning of the first Friday of the Month

Beware of solicitations from individuals and paralegals offering similar services. No credible tenant organization or tenant attorney is sending such solicitations. Tenants who have used these services have found their work costly and often defective.







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