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Evidence question

San Luis Obispo, CA |

I'm a plaintiff tenant sueing a landlord, I have city building inspector violations and unanswered letters to the landlord.
Two NOVs, one for a concealed uncovered multi-flue hole in the kitchen wall, and one for the installation of a window without a permit.
Do the NOVs have to be certified?
How do I submit this material correctly.
Defendants have recently stated that I have no evidence, why are they saying this?
What can I do about it?

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The NOVs have to be certified if you want to introduce them "for the truth of the matter" at trial. For example, if the NOVs are certified, you can introduce them to prove there was a broken window ONLY IF they are certified.

Why do they tell you you have no evidence? Well, probably because they are lawyers and you're not, and they are trying to psych you out. Lawyers say that to me all the time--it's bluster. If you REALLY had no evidence, it's unlikely that they would mention it to you.

You really need to hire a lawyer.


You would have to produce the NOVs in response to any demand for production of documents.

I also suggest you subpoena the city building inspector who prepared the NOVs to testify at trial.

Frank W. Chen has been licensed to practice law in California since 1988. The information presented here is general in nature and is not intended, nor should be construed, as legal advice. This posting does not create any attorney-client relationship with the author. For specific advice about your particular situation, consult your own attorney.


You may or may not be able to get "certified" copies of the NOVs. But you should depose, and then call to trial, the building inspector who personally observed the violations.

Why are they saying you have no evidence? Hard to say, but that might be a signal that they are planning a motion for summary judgment. That is why you need to take the inspector's deposition, to show them you do have evidence, and to oppose a motion for summary judgment, if it is filed.

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