What if Your Tenant Moves After Filing an Unlawful Detainer in California?


Sometimes, a California landlord will serve their tenant with a termination notice.  The tenant does not respond to the termination notice, so the landlord is forced to file an Unlawful Detainer in court.  What happens if the tenant moves out of the property after they receive a copy of the summons and complaint, but before the trial?

If the tenant moves after being sued with an Unlawful Detainer but before the trial date, then the eviction case will be converted to a regular civil case and will take much longer.  The tenant may request that the court change the case to a regular civil case and the tenant may also seek other affirmative relief and assert defenses and cross-actions.

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

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