How to Claim Costs on an Unlawful Detainer Judgment in California


After “winning” an unlawful detainer eviction judgment in California and recovering possession of the property, some landlords may want to try and recover “costs.” After getting the money judgment (discussed in an earlier post here), landlords will need to take further steps to try and get costs from the tenant.

The landlord must file and serve a “memorandum of costs” within 15 days after the mailing of the notice of entry of judgment or within 180 days after entry of judgment, whichever is earlier.

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