What to Know About an Unlawful Detainer

Dated: September 14 2021

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What to Know About an Unlawful Detainer

When renting an apartment, there are some things you don't want your landlord to do to you, and one of them is an unlawful detainer. If you have never received one, you are most likely a responsible tenant who pays your rent on time. There are certain crucial things you should know if you simply want to be informed of if you or someone you know has been issued with an unlawful detainer complaint.

If you lose at trial, an unlawful detainer might have a detrimental impact on your ability to rent in the future. It's possible that an unpaid money judgment for back rent against you will appear on your credit record. Evictions are also made public for seven years. Tenants who have been served with an unlawful detainer should seek legal advice right once. Unlawful detainer lawsuits are complex and time-consuming. Tenants should not deal with it on their own. If you've been issued with an unlawful detainer complaint, you can choose to leave rather than fight the eviction, which will require the landlord to dismiss the case. However, the landlord would almost certainly file a small claims court case against you to reclaim whatever rent you owe.

You have the option of not responding at all to the lawsuit. However, if you do not respond to the complaint, the landlord will acquire a default judgment against you, which means the landlord will win the litigation automatically. The landlord will next seek to have you removed from the property by the sheriff, as well as pursue collection of any money judgment they have gotten against you for unpaid rent.

The last and best alternative is to respond to the lawsuit as soon as possible. There are a variety of options for fighting an eviction or, at the absolute least, reaching an agreement on an acceptable move-out date. If the tenant and landlord's relationship has deteriorated to the point where the landlord has served the tenant with an unlawful detainer the complaint, the tenant should remain at the property and speak with an attorney as soon as possible to learn about their rights and possible defenses, as well as the eviction process and any time limits.

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Betsy Tinervin

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