Settling an Unlawful Detainer Case in Los Angeles, California


You don’t have to let the court decide your Los Angeles eviction case just because someone filed an Unlawful Detainer action. You have the right to settle the case out of court. Even if you think you have a strong case or defense, there are a lot of good reasons to settle out of court:

  • Save money:
    If you settle early, you won’t have to pay any more court or lawyer fees.
  • Save time:
    If you settle, your dispute will be over much faster than a trial.
  • Don’t take off from work:
    If you settle early you won’t have to take time off from work to go to trial.
  • Don’t pay the other side’s costs and fees:
    If you settle, you can’t lose the case. The judge can’t order you to pay the other side’s court costs or lawyer fees.
  • Keep renting:
    It can be very hard to rent again if you have an Unlawful Detainer judgment against you. Many landlords check court records to find out if a tenant had an Unlawful Detainer judgment against him or her.
  • Protect your credit rating:
    A judgment against you can ruin your credit rating.

In my experience, it is sometimes quite effective to file a Los Angeles Unlawful Detainer case, and my firm can assist you with that, and then, after the case is filed, attempt to settle with the Los Angeles tenant.  By working out a settlement after the Los Angeles eviction case is filed, the tenant will know that you are serious about their vioations and might be in the mood to discuss an agreeable settlement with you.

The Law Office of David Piotrowski represents landlords throughout southern California and can assist with a tenant eviction.

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