Modesto, CA asked in Civil Litigation and Landlord - Tenant for California

Q: Evection -My answer was rejected do to us being a business, The court stated we must be represented by an attorney.

Was given an eviction notice. Completed the answer. Heard nothing from the courts after 3 weeks. Called, court stated nothing was filled. Couple of days later received a court letter stating our answer was stricken due to us being a business. We needed representation to proceed. We are a non profit with limited funds. Our Funding took longer to receive than expected that's why

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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Landlord Tenant Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA
  • Licensed in California

A: In California, businesses, including non-profits, are required to be represented by an attorney in legal proceedings, such as evictions. This is likely why your answer to the eviction notice was rejected by the court. It's important to address this requirement as soon as possible to ensure your organization's interests are adequately represented in court.

Given your non-profit status and limited funds, you might consider seeking legal assistance from legal aid organizations or pro bono services. These organizations often provide free or low-cost legal representation to entities facing financial constraints. They can help you navigate the eviction process and represent your non-profit in court.

Additionally, it's crucial to communicate with your landlord about your funding delays and any efforts to rectify the situation. Sometimes, landlords may be willing to negotiate or extend deadlines, especially if they are informed about your non-profit's circumstances and ongoing efforts to secure funds.

Lastly, gather all relevant documentation regarding your funding, the eviction notice, and any communication with your landlord. This will be important for your legal representation to effectively advocate on your behalf. Remember, acting promptly in securing legal representation and addressing the eviction notice is key to protecting your non-profit's interests.

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