You should file an Answer. Otherwise, they'll get a default against you. That should buy you time to figure out next steps, including filing for bankruptcy. Once you file for bankruptcy, you'll get an automatic stay on collection efforts. You can then get the case dismissed because...Read more »
Depending on what your lease agreement says and damages are, I would file a suit in court and ask for immediate injunctive relief. I would probably also seek punitive damages. California has strict prohibitions on landlord self-help remedies. I would contact a landlord–tenant lawyer immediately.
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