Understand the consequences of not appearing in court, as it may result in default judgments or eviction. If you have any questions about the service, contact the court clerk for assistance.
motenanthelpLast updated 06/22/2023
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What happens if you don't go to court for a rent and possession lawsuit?
If you receive a summons by personal service and you do not appear in court, then the judge can issue a default judgment for money and possession.
If you receive a summons only by mail or posting and you do not appear in court, then the judge cannot order you to pay money to your landlord. However, the judge can issue a judgment against you for possession of the premises.
Through a judgment for possession, the landlord has the right to request the sheriff to physically remove you from the premises at any time after 10 calendar days after the date of the judgment.
Once you go to court after receiving service by mail or posting, then the judge has the power to order you to move out AND pay back rent or damages.
If you have any questions about service, contact the court clerk.