Where are you in the eviction process?

What to do if you’re at risk of eviction

Contact the We Are LA hotline to be connected with someone who can help you: 213-584-1808

Learn more about tenant protection and anti-harassment workshops. Find out more at stayhousedla.org/workshops

These centers can provide additional resources to people with families.

Find a FamilySource location here.

What to do if you’ve received an eviction notice

Responding to a 3-day, 30-day, 60-day, or 90-day notice

Read the notice to find out the reason for eviction

If you are able to rectify the issue, do so and let your landlord know.

Find out if you’re eligible to receive benefits

If you’re being evicted because of unpaid rent, you may be eligible for assistance. Contact the We Are LA hotline to get started: 213-584-1808

Know your rights

Learn more about tenant protections at an anti-harassment workshop: stayhousedla.org/workshops

Do not self evict

There may be options available to you. Do not self evict!

What to do if you’ve received an unlawful detainer notice

Follow this Step-by-step guide

Your landlord may serve you with an unlawful detainer (UD) notice (pictured below). You must respond within 5 days. We Are LA can help you draft your response! If you don’t respond, you may automatically lose your case in court.

Contact the We Are LA hotline to be connected with someone who can help you: 213-584-1808

This must be done within 5 days of receiving the notice. This can be done one of two ways:

  1. File it yourself here: https://tools.debtcollective.org/
  2. Or go to a self-help center: https://dcba.lacounty.gov/legal-access-centers/

The Court will send you a trial date notice.  If you get any documents from your landlord or their attorney, do not ignore these documents. It is very important that you get legal help with these documents because not responding can hurt your case, or even make you lose your case.  Go to a Self-Help Center to ask about the documents as soon as possible.

When you go to court you can either:

  1. Settle your case with your landlord (you will both have to agree on the details of the settlement and sign. You will likely have to go in front of the judge to say you agree to the settlement).
  2. Go to trial- you have to be prepared with all of your evidence.

Stay Housed LA is representing as many tenants as they can, but they do not have enough attorneys to represent all tenants. If you have been served with an eviction lawsuit, you should apply online: https://www.stayhousedla.org/get-legal-help

If Stay Housed LA can’t represent you:

  1. If you can afford it, hire an attorney.
  2. Stay Housed LA’s partner Eviction Defense Network can help you represent yourself in the Tenant Empowerment Program. Go to https://edn.la/videos/ to get started.

If you lose, the sheriff will post a 5 day notice to vacate and you should expect to move out within those 5 days. If you do not move out the sheriff will come and tell you that you must leave immediately, even if that means leaving all your belongings behind.

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. You have no legal defenses
  2. You want to move
  3. You have no money to pay back rent
  1. You have good defenses
  2. You want to stay in your house
  3. You have money to pay back rent
  1. Sheriff serves Notice to Vacate
  2. You have only five days to move once served
  3. Sheriff will force everyone out
  4. You will not be given time to pack
  1. You stay in your home
  2. You must pay your back rent or you will get a new eviction lawsuit
  3. If the Judge says you have to do something (like pay a reduced rent because of conditions) and you don’t do it, you will be evicted.

Get Help From Our Partners

  • (888) 694-0040

    For free workshop information on tenant rights, the eviction process, and legal representation (income based), including help with filing your Answer.

  • 213-584-1808

    Help renters avoid eviction and assist tenants with filing an Answer. We Are LA Housing Specialists will provide anti-eviction support and connect you to available legal services and provide information on all your available benefits.

  • 1-866-557-7368

    For important information on ALL City of LA tenant protections. Contact the LAHD Hotline (9:00 am – 4:30 pm).

  • A toolkit to keep people in their homes, fight evictions, fight rent debt, and build the collective power of tenants.

  • Free family support services such as case management, emergency financial assistance, financial coaching, and information about tenant rights including assistance with filing your response if you receive an Unlawful Detainer.

  • (800) 399-4LAW (4529)

    1550 W 8th St., Los Angeles, CA 90017

    Evictions, utility shut-offs, lockouts:
    Intake Line:(213) 487-7609 / (213) 640-3881
    Call for an appointment

    Free legal assistance. Will advise and provide brief assistance in filling out papers. Legal representation depending on the case.
    Korean speakers – 2nd Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
    3750 W. 6th Street, LA, CA 90020 323-801-7987

  • (323) 939-0506

    3250 Wilshire Blvd., 13th Floor, Los Angeles, CA 90010-1509

    Call for an appointment.
    Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Free legal assistance for low-income people, including seniors and disabled. Counseling or legal representation, depending on case. Handles housing issues and a wide range of other legal needs.

  • (818) 896-5211 or (800) 433-6251

    1102 E. Chevy Chase Boulevard Glendale, CA 91205

    Call for phone advice or to make an appointment.
    Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Free legal assistance to low-income people living in the San Fernando and San Gabriel Valleys, Glendale, Pasadena, and Pomona. Also call if your case is filed in the Van Nuys Court.
    Counsel and advice, brief help filling out papers and representation depending on case.

  • (213) 891-2880

    1309 E. 7th, Los Angeles, CA 90021

    Monday through Friday 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
    Free legal services to low-income individuals and families. Counsel and advice, brief service, help filling out forms, and representation in court for those who qualify.

  • (213) 385-8112

    1930 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 208 Los Angeles, CA 90057

    Walk-in Only
    Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
    Assistance in pre-eviction, non-eviction, and eviction matters, as well as Notice to Vacate. Before and after eviction consultations and trial preparations. First- come, first-served basis. Sliding fee scale, no income limit.

  • (213) 252-4411

    Virtually Held Every Saturday at 10 am via Zoom & Phone
    Request a Link to Register for Clinic by Emailing to: HelpingLARenters@gmail.com

    Saturday 10:00 a.m. Walk-In Only
    All housing problems. Individual One-on-One Counsel and advice on tenants’ rights and eviction assistance. No legal representation. Donation requested. No one turned away due to lack of funds. No income limits.

  • (213) 387-8400 or (800) 477-5977

    3255 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 1150 Los Angeles, CA 90010-1509

    Toll-free hotline for housing discrimination complaints and predatory lending information.

    Walk-in okay.
    Monday – Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    Investigations, counseling, and legal assistance with housing discrimination complaints including reasonable accommodations and modifications. Counseling and referrals on predatory lending issues. All services free, no income limits. Callers will be referred to the nearest office in Los Angeles, San Fernando Valley, South LA, Harbor, Pasadena, Long Beach, and San Gabriel Valley.