In California If a tenant answered the summons to a unlawful detainer complaint by a landlord and vacated the unit prior to the court date but does not appear in court.
Does the judge have to dismiss the UD complaint and refer the money damages part to a civil trial with a separate hearing?
Or does the judge just rule right then for money damages if the tenant does not show up?
Or does the judge dismiss UD action and refer plaintiff to a possible future small claims action instead.?