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Eviction Prevention Counseling

We provide consultations to tenants who have questions about a variety of housing matters. We will counsel you on how to stop landlord harassment. We will stop you from making mistakes that will get you evicted.

If your landlord has given you any kind of notice or if you have any questions about your tenancy, we can give you information and advice specific to your situation.

At the first sign of trouble come to one of our Tenants Rights Clinics. Before you sign any documents come to one of our Tenants Rights Clinics.

Arrive by the start time of the Clinic. Listen to the general presentation. Then wait patiently to be counseled individually.

Where to go:

  1. Tuesdays @ 6PM @ 1930 Wilshire Blvd, Suite 208, LA 90057
  2. Thursdays @ 6PM @ ACCE 3655 S. Grand Av. #250 Los Angeles, CA 90007
  3. Saturdays @ 1PM @ the Church of the Epiphany, 2808 Altura Street, LA 90031.

For a current list of all clinics sponsored by other agencies in Los Angeles click here.

Fee/Charges: Free. Donations welcome. If you want to avoid going to a Clinic you can pay for a consultation. Dial (213) 385-8112 to make your payment. We strongly recommend using the Clinics, which are free.

What to bring:

  1. The notice or paper that is causing you concern;
  2. Your rental agreement, if you have one;
  3. Any notices changing the agreement;
  4. Rent receipts;
  5. Any other paper you have ever gotten from your landlord that you still have;
  6. Pictures of bad conditions, if you have bad conditions;
  7. Reports from inspectors, if you have them.

Summons and Complaint

If you receive any documents that look like court documents including a “Summons” or a “Complaint” or a “Pre-Judgment Claim” or a letter from the court, bring it to us IMMEDIATELY. You MUST file an Answer with the court within 5 days. If you do not you will lose automatically. This means losing your home and an eviction on your record.

Where to go:

1930 Wilshire Blvd., Suite. 208, Los Angeles CA 90057
Monday through Friday 9AM to 6PM.
We provide Walk-in Services. Come early to ensure that we can see you that day.

What to Bring:

  1. The Summons and Complaint;
  2. Your rental agreement, if you have one;
  3. Any notices changing the agreement;
  4. Rent receipts;
  5. Any other paper you have ever gotten from your landlord;
  6. Pictures of bad conditions, if you have bad conditions;
  7. Reports from inspectors, if you have them.

Fee/Charges: $125

Are there free resources? The Self Help Centers at the courthouses provide free legal assistance in filling out Answers. Remember that it is essential that you hire an attorney to represent you in court. After your Answer is done ask: “Will you be providing me full scope representation?” If they are not, come to the Eviction Defense Network immediately. 1930 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 208 LA 90057. Monday through Thursday 9AM to 6PM.

Representation in Court if your case is filed at 111 North Hill/110 North Grand

99% of tenants that go to court alone lose their homes, get an eviction on their record and a debt to the landlord. Don’t let this happen to you. We have a 98% success rate representing tenants in eviction court. While this is not a guarantee (every case is different), our qualified attorneys have the knowledge, experience and reputation to achieve your goals including keeping you in your home or negotiating time and funds to move somewhere new.

No tenant should go to court without a lawyer! We provide tenants representation based on ability to pay. Our sliding fee scale ranges from $700-$2500 to handle the entire case depending on your income and rent. Payment plans are available on a case by case basis. During the eviction action you do not pay the rent. You owe it and you must save it, but you can use it to pay for representation.

Where to go:

1930 Wilshire Blvd., Suite. 208, Los Angeles CA 90057
Monday through Friday 9AM to 6PM.
We provide Walk-in Services. Come early to ensure that we can see you that day.

What to Bring:

  1. The Summons and Complaint;
  2. The Answer if you have already filed one;
  3. Your rental agreement, if you have one;
  4. Any notices changing the agreement;
  5. Rent receipts;
  6. Any other paper you have ever gotten from your landlord;
  7. Pictures of bad conditions, if you have bad conditions;
  8. Reports from inspectors, if you have them.

Fee/Charges: $700-2500 to handle the entire case depending on your income. Payment plans available.

Are there free resources? The Self Help Centers at the courthouses provide free legal assistance in filling out Answers. After your Answer is done ask: “Will you be providing me full scope representation?” If they are not, come to the Eviction Defense Network immediately. 1930 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 208 LA 90057. Monday through Thursday 9AM to 6PM.

Why don’t you represent in other courts? Because we don’t have the resources. If your case is filed in a court other than the downtown court, ask the Self Help Center at your courthouse for resources for representation. 45,000 evictions were filed in 2018. Free representation was provided to 2000 families.

Post Judgement Motions

Once you have a judgment against you, you will receive a Notice to Vacate from the Sheriff. In certain situations, we are able to assist tenants in reopening their cases. In order for us to assess your case, please bring the following to our office immediately:

  1. Summons and Complaint*;
  2. Proof of Service of Summons and Complaint*;
  3. All notices that you have received from the landlord along with the proof of services*;
  4. Registry of Actions (case summary) from the court**;
  5. Notice of filing of Unlawful Detainer from the court*;
  6. Any evidence to prove that the landlord’s allegations are not true;

*If you do not have these items, you can pick them up at the court.
**You must go to the court to get these items.

Where to go:

1930 Wilshire Blvd., Suite. 208, Los Angeles CA 90057
Monday through Friday 9AM to 6PM.
We provide Walk-in Services. Come early to ensure that we can see you that day.

What to Bring:

  1. The Summons and Complaint;
  2. The Answer if you have already filed one;
  3. The Notice to Vacate from the Sheriff;
  4. Any other papers from court;
  5. Your rental agreement, if you have one;
  6. Any notices changing the agreement;
  7. Rent receipts;
  8. Any other paper you have ever gotten from your landlord;
  9. Pictures of bad conditions, if you have bad conditions;
  10. Reports from inspectors, if you have them.

Fee/Charges: $500 to prepare the paperwork to stop the Sheriff from locking you out. $250 to go to court to stop the Sheriff. If we are successful in stopping the Sheriff, $700-2500 to handle the rest of the case depending on your income.

Are there free resources? Sadly no. Some Self Help Centers at the courthouses will help you fill out the paperwork but the success rate is small. We strongly recommend talking to us.