The defendants have five or fifteen days from the date of service to answer the complaint, depending on how they were served.
If defendants do not file a written answer with the court, a default is entered. If the defendants answer, the case is set for eviction trial. Defendants may also file other pleadings, such as motions to quash service of the summons. The use of these procedures is relatively rare, but the effect is to cause delay in the proceedings.
When a case is contested, the court usually sets a trial date within twenty days from the date of the request for a trial. Testimony of the landlord or agents or employees of the landlord will be required. Other people connected with the case may also need to appear as witnesses.
- We will request a trial immediately.
- Our attorney will appear in court with you.
- We are experienced in handling all kinds of tenant delay tactics.
- We will determine the best strategy to win your case and we will discuss the strategy with you.
Please feel free to contact our eviction specialists for more information at (800) 686-8686.