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Landlord May Amend Unlawful Detainer Complaint At Trial Without Delaying Case

If the landlord’s unlawful detainer complaint contains an error, it does not mean that the tenant wins. Quite to the contrary, the landlord may simply amend the complaint according to proof at trial. In other words, the landlord can make a verbal request that the court amend the complaint based on the evidence presented by the landlord. As long as the evidence establishes that the tenant is guilty of unlawful detainer, the landlord will prevail. The tenant is not entitled to a continuance as a result of the amendment. (See, Code of Civil Procedure section 1173)

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August 16, 2015 | Landlord-Tenant Law |