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Evictions

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Evictions Self-Help

Civil self-help is designed to provide information and forms for people who are representing themselves in court. The information on this website is intended to help guide you through the court system.

This guide includes information about:

The information is only for evictions from a home or apartment. Talk to a lawyer for help with commercial (business) evictions.

California Courts: Self-Help Guide for Evictions

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Process Description Form Link Resources/Referrals
Notices In most cases, before you file your case, you must give your tenant a written notice.  

Self-Help Workshop (Webinar) for Evictions and Notices

 

Types of eviction notices (Landlords) (external site)

Filing an Unlawful Detainer Complaint After you have given notice and you are ready to file a case, you will file a complaint with the court.

 

Complete Your Unlawful Detainer (Eviction) Complaint Form (Form Completion Program) (external site )

or

Complaint - Unlawful Detainer (Form Packet)

 

Optional:

Instructions for Request to Waive Court Fees (external site)

 

Request to Waive Court Fees (Form Packet)

Self-Help Guide to Evictions (Eviction) Complaint Form (Form Completion Program) (external site)

 

Talk to a Housing Counselor through HUD.Gov (Eviction) Complaint Form (Form Completion Program) (external site)

Information about Service   POS-010 Proof of Service of Summons Form (external site) Information about Service (external site)
Default Judgment If the defendant did not file an answer and they are still in the property, you can ask the judge to enter a Default Judgment. Default Judgment - Unlawful Detainer Form Ask for a Default Judgment (external site)
Schedule a Trial If your defendant did file an answer and they are still in the property, you can ask the judge to enter a judgment by scheduling a trial. UD-150 Request/Counter-Request To Set Case For Trial Form (external site) Ask for a Trial (external site)
Prepare for Trial   Request for an Interpreter Form

Preparing for Trial (external site)

 

Tips For Your Day in Court (external site)

 

Miscellaneous Forms
Request for Dismissal CIV-110 (external site)
MC-040 Notice of Change of Address or Other Contact Information (external site)
MC-030 Declaration (external site)
MC-410-INFO How to Request a Disability Accommodation for Court (external site)
MC-410 Disability Accommodation Request (external site)

 

Process Description Form Link Resources / Referrals
Notices In most situations, your landlord must serve you with a notice prior to filing an eviction.   Information About Notices (external site)
Exploring Your Options Once you are served with the summons and complaint, you can explore your options for proceeding.  

Exploring Your Options (external site)

 

Tenant Brochure

 

Tenant's Unlawful Detainer Chart

Answering an Eviction You must act quickly. You have 5 days to file an Answer form or other legal forms after you're handed (served) the Summons and Complaint forms.

Complete Your Unlawful Detainer (Eviction) Answer Online (Form Completion Program) (external site)

Or

Answer - Unlawful Detainer Form Packet

 

Optional:

Instructions for Request to Waive Court Fees (external site)

 

Request to Waive Court Fees Form Packet

How to Fill Out an Answer (external site)

 

Tenant / Landlord Assistance Program (TLAP) (external site)

 

Inland Counties Legal Services UD Clinic

 

Legal Aid Societies / Advocacy Groups (external site)

Prepare for Trial   Request for an Interpreter Form

Riverside County Bar Association Lawyer Referral Service (external site)

 

Preparing for Trial (external site)

 

Tips for Your Day in Court (external site)

Miscellaneous Forms
MC-040 Notice of Change of Address or Other Contact Information (external site)
MC-030 Declaration (external site)
MC-410-INFO How to Request a Disability Accommodation for Court (external site)
MC-410 Disability Accommodation Request (external site)

 

Click the button below to use California Courts Self-Help Guide to help you navigate your eviction case, including step-by-step guides for following procedures and help with understanding your options.

California Courts Self-Help Guide

Program Description Link
Inland Counties Legal Services Local Legal Aid

Tenant / Landlord Assistance Program (TLAP) (external site)

 

Inland Counties Legal Services UD Clinic

Riverside Legal Aid Local Legal Aid Riverside Legal Aid | Free Legal Assistance in Riverside County California (external site)
United Lift Rental Assistance United Lift - Rent & Utility Assistance for Riverside County (external site)
Housing is Key Rental Assistance/Mortgage Relief Program Housing Is Key (external site)
Fair Housing Council of Riverside County Research/Information Home - Fair Housing Council of Riverside County (external site)
Law Library Research/Information Home - Riverside County Law Library (external site)
2.1.1. Resource List Call 211 for Essential Community Services | United Way 211 (external site)
BAR Association - Lawyer Referral Service Resource List Lawyer Referral Service of the Riverside County Bar Association (external site)
Housing Authority - Homelessness Prevention Program Resource List Homeless Programs (external site)

 

Click the button below to take a look at the calendar for upcoming Self-Help Events and Workshops (Civil and Probate). 

Self Help Workshops (Civil and Probate)

Self-Help Legal Services

Self-Help Legal Services provide general assistance to people who do not have an attorney.  Click on the button below to learn more.



Self-Help Legal Services