I do wish I could afford an atty, but I'm extremely broke because of the health effects of substandard housing (I was an everyday runner for 25 yrs before the subject apt and my current apt is just as bad).
There are so many resources for low-cost attorneys in Los Angeles, and most self-represented tenants lose in court because they don't know how to enter evidence. Try getting in touch with these 2 non-profits: Eviction Defense Network or BASTA. Both will represent you for a very low fee. You can't afford NOT to have an attorney.
Thank you, I'll try them.