need more facts but how do you know that he filed with the court? r u served with legal documents??
if yes you have 5 days to respond...
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If you are served with an unlawful detainer, you file a motion to quash service if you were not properly served with a 3-Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit. You should be aware, however, that judges are more likely to believe the landlord or landlord's agent re service of a 3-Day Notice than the defendant who has not paid rent. Good luck.
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Your question is missing something. You state that the landlord is telling the Court that they did file a 3 day notice. If this is the case, there MUST be an unlawful detainer pending. How else would your landlord be communicating with the Court? But, they you ask if you need to contact the Court to see if a UD has been filed. Also, there is no need to find out if an unlawful detainer has been filed. If it has been filed, you will most likely be served soon thereafter.