I gave my tenant a 3 day pay or quit notice and now have proceeded to an unlawful retainer notice that was already served. He must respond to the court by 12/18/2012. A 3/29/13 court date was set up. If he responds to the court for a hearing does that mean he can stay in my house until the March court date or can I still evict him even if he responds to the court by 12/18/12? I'm afraid he will continue to not pay rent through this entire process. He is already 3 months behind and I'm now on the brink to foreclosure of my home.