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FAQ - Evictions

What to Know at Court

At the time and date listed on the summons, the judge will start calling cases. If both sides are present the judge will ask the tenant whether the complaint is true.  If the tenant says “no,” he or she will need to briefly tell the judge why.  If the reason is a legal defense, the judge will need to hear testimony from both sides and make a decision after a trial.  After talking to the landlord or their attorney, a tenant may wish to agree to what the landlord is requesting by signing a stipulation.  A stipulation is an agreement under which the sides resolve the dispute on the basis of what the agreement says.  Only matters contained in the written agreement can be enforced.  These agreements should be clear and understandable by both sides.  Most stipulations include judgments against tenants.


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