12 Sep Unlwaful Detainer Cases – Among the Most Common Court Cases
Throughout the United States, unlawful detainer cases are among the most common hearings in court rooms. Unlawful detainers, also known as evictions, are when landlords want tenants to move out of rental property – either commercial or residential. Because landlords cannot simply force tenants to leave, they must apply to the courts for permission to have the tenants removed and locked out.
Because these cases are so frequent, many landlords choose to file pro per, meaning “for one’s self” or without the assistance of an attorney. While it is perfectly acceptable for landlords to do this, it’s probably not the best plan. For an unlawful detainer case to succeed, certain criteria must be met, including properly serving a notice to pay rent or quit, properly filling out and filing court forms, understanding response times, and how to respond if the tenant files an answer to the complaint.
Landlords should also bear in mind that California is very tenant friendly. This makes a certain degree of sense considering the number of property management complexes that operate in the state. However, in the Coachella Valley, many private homes are rented to tenants directly by landlords. These landlords frequently do not have the resources or time to properly address problems that arise with tenants. They also don’t have the benefit of managing their properties professionally, which means that they’re balancing their careers and families while struggling through a complex legal process.
Experienced unlawful detainer attorneys can guide the case quickly through the process and help avoid making common mistakes that can be fatal to the case. When a tenant decides not to pay rent, getting the tenant out of the property quickly should be a landlord’s primary objective. And if the landlord has a well-crafted leasing agreement with the tenant, the tenant could be held responsible for attorney’s fees.
Rogers Legal Group has helped many landlords get tenants out of properties quickly and efficiently. If you have a tenant that is refusing to pay rent but remains in the property, call us today for a consultation.