Can I win my Unlawful Detainer case against my landlord?

Asked almost 2 years ago - Van Nuys, CA

I was served with an Unlawful Detainer today. I want to fight it on the grounds I was not properly served a 3 Day Notice to Quit the premises. My Landlord tacked a copy to my door, but never mailed me a copy per California Code of Civil Procedure Section 1162(3). What are the chances of me winning this case without a lawyer, since I can't afford one. I have downloaded the Answer-Unlawful Detainer & Proof of Service forms, so far.

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  1. Michael Raymond Daymude

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    Answered . If lack of mailing is your only defense it will boil down to whether the landlord admits improper service. If so, you should win this round. If not and the landlord presents evidence of posting and mailing it will be determined by who the judge believes -- the person who testifies as to service of the 3-day notice, or you.

    If you wish to remain in the rental unit, can afford to bring your back rent current, and reimburse your landlord for the costs of the UD, it is not too late to negotiate a deal.

    Defective service will simply require the landlord to begin anew. Meanwhile the amount of unpaid rent and costs just increases and makes any amicable resolution more difficult.

    I am licensed in California only and my answers on Avvo assume California law. Answers provided by me are for... more
  2. Frank Wei-Hong Chen

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    Answered . You don't indicate how many days ago you were purportedly served by posting. In some instances,the landlord already obtained a court order to permit you to be served in this manner.

    Your remedy would be to file a Motion to Quash, not an Answer.

    Generally speaking, your chances of winning an unlawful detainer as a tenant are very small if you do not have an attorney and if the reason for the eviction is due to non-payment of rent where habitability issues are not present.

    Frank W. Chen has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988. The information presented here is... more

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