If you don’t go to court, a default judgment may be issued. Attending court can result in eviction and the requirement to pay back rent or damages.
motenanthelpLast updated 06/23/2023
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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.
Under 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.
Contact the court clerk about the service of the summons.