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Landlords, Tenants, and Unlawful Detainer (UD) Law

Unlawful Detainer Law is Mechanical

Many tenants believe that UD law is based on what is “fair”. Often tenants think that the Judge’s ruling may be swayed by an emotional argument or situation. The truth is UD law is very mechanical, and fairly predictable—and favors Landlords.

Unlawful Detainer Law is Fast

Compared to most civil lawsuits, UD lawsuits move through court system faster than any other type of Civil case. This process is geared to get possession of real property back to the Landlord.

Understanding the Process

Whether you are a Tenant or a Landlord, you can take much of the stress out of any Unlawful Detainer process by learning what to expect. We help by explaining the process and walking you through your options.

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Use the free information resources on this site to gain an understanding of the UD Process. While we are not providing legal advice on this site, you may find answers to help you navigate the UD process. For legal advice on your situation you will need to contact us.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do I need a Lawyer?

Unlawful Detainer laws have become more convoluted over the last couple of years due to the Tenant Protection Act, and Covid-19 Moratoriums. A UD lawyer can help you navigate the process and help ensure success in court-- as opposed to starting over again with notice.

How Long does it take to Evict a Tenant?

Well, this depends on your individual situation. You must give the tenant notice. There are several different time periods from 3 to 90 days. After the notice has run, then you must file a UD lawsuit if the Tenant has not vacated. This timeline for this phase can range anywhere from 7 - 35 days.

I received a Notice to Terminate my Tenancy, is this filed with the court?

Typically a Notice to Quit, or Terminate is not filed with the court unless you fail to vacate. If you vacate the property before the notice expirers then there is no need for a UD lawsuit. When you fail to vacate then the Notice will become part of the lawsuit against you.

Is it True that Tenants may not be Evicted for nonpayment of Rent due to Covid?

No. A renter has one duty-- to pay rent. Granted, it has been more difficult given the moratoriums that are still in effect in some locations. However, Tenants have an obligation to pay for the right to occupy the property.

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This website is designed to provide general information on Landlord Tenant law and the Unlawful Detainer Process. It is not intended to be-- nor should it be considered-- Legal Advice. Legal advice can only be obtained through establishing an attorney client relationship.

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