We are the defendent and went to court on 10/9/2018 on a unlawful detainer case the plaintiff did not show so judge dismissed case now the plaintiff called saying it got reinstated for the 29th
Apparently, the plaintiff brought a successful motion or application to set aside the dismissal. You should have had notice of that application/motion, and an opportunity to oppose it.
In any event, even if the UD was dismissed, it might well have been dismissed without prejudice, in which case it could just be refiled. So, you should plan on timely opposing the UD with whatever defenses and evidence you may have.
You should try to obtain assistance from a local landlord-tenant attorney or tenants rights organization.
It may be possible to reinstate a case upon motion to the Court. If you have received a notice to be at Court on the 29th or on whatever day, you should attend as your default could be entered against you. You should ensure that you have filed a responsive pleading to the Complaint although it sounds as if you filed an Answer already.
You may want to go to the Courthouse and review whatever has been filed that you need to attend on the 29th and if it is a hearing on a motion, you may want to file an opposition.
If you decide to represent yourself at trial, you should bring all evidence (and copies) of whatever you intend to show the Court and bring whatever witnesses you think will help your case.
You should consult with a local landlord-tenant attorney to see any potential defenses you may have or to appear for your trial.
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