In the City of Los Angeles, the Unlawful Detainer Process begins with first determining if the rental fall under the Los Angeles Rent Control Ordinance. If the rental is subject to RSO, you must register the unit. If you fail to register, you will loose your Unlawful Detainer case. The next step is to determine if you are evicting for one of the 12 allowable reasons to evict in the City of Los Angeles. Then you can proceed with a notice to quit. If the tenant does not perform, you may proceed with the Unlawful Detainer Lawsuit. You must file a Summons, Complaint, Cover Sheet, and Cover Sheet Addendum. Then you must have the defendant served by a registered process server. Five days after proper service, the plaintiff may request default on the defendant. Once judgment is granted, you must apply for a Writ and Instruct the Sheriff to Lockout the Tenant. For additional questions about the Los Angeles Unlawful Detainer Process, or to find out if your rental is subject to RSO, call today!
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