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If your landlord uses management company for the property, they can appear at court in place of your landlord. If you need to get testimony for someone specific at the unlawful detainer trial, you should serve them with subpoena to appear at trial. Be sure to consult your own attorney to protect your legal rights.
I respectfully disagree with Mr. Mashal. An apartment manager cannot appear in court on behalf of the owner, who should be the true party to an unlawful detainer action. An apartment manager appearing on behalf of another person is acting as an attorney, and would have to be licensed as an attorney.
An apartment manager may show up to court and testify on behalf of the owner, such as service of notices, the condition of the premises, and whether or not rent was paid on time. But a manager may never appear in court for the owner unless that manager is a licensed attorney.
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