I was served with an unlawful detainer complaint which lists me as the defendant along with Does 1-10 and "unknown squatters." I understand what Does means, but what does "squatters" mean? That LL is alleging that actual squatters occupy the premises? Or is it another way of saying "Does" (i.e., any possible occupants whose identity may be unknown to LL)?
Is "squatters" standard terminology in UD cases? For the record, there are no squatters; it's only me in the apartment!
It is unusual to see the term "squatters" in an unlawful detainer complaint. It is not standard terminology. The typical phrase is "and all unknown occupants".
In any event, if you are named as a defendant and you've been served, the Does and the "unknown squatters" listed on the summons and complaint don't matter to you.
It is imperative that you respond to the summons and complaint within five (5) days after you have been served.
Frank W. Chen is licensed to practice law in the State of California. 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.
The reason for listing unknown parties is that the judgment of eviction can only apply to those named in the complaint unless all unknown parties are also served at the same time. Serving unknown parties places the burden upon them to assert their rights or they would be barred. Thus, the reason, however as mentioned the term squatter that is included is very uncommon and not something that will usually be listed.
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