The eviction process in Orange County can be confusing and you will want to work with an experienced eviction attorney.
Generally, if the tenant does not vacate the premises after the landlord gives the required notice to vacate, the landlord can begin the eviction process in Orange County. The following are the typical steps of the eviction process in Orange County:
- Unlawful Detainer Lawsuit.Â To begin the eviction process, you will need to file an unlawful detainer lawsuit. Your Orange County eviction attorney can detail what is involved in filing this lawsuit.
- Response.Â After filing the unlawful detainer lawsuit, the tenant will have a period of time to file a response. This will usually involve stating reasons why the eviction is not appropriate.
- Hearing.Â The tenant cannot be evicted without the proper eviction process in Orange County involving a court hearing. In other words, the landlord cannot undergo self-help measures and forcibly kick out the tenant. Instead, an attorney may be necessary to help argue for the eviction.
- Ruling.Â At the conclusion of the hearing, the court will determine whether the eviction is proper. If so, a sheriff may remove the tenant. In addition, the court may order that the tenant pay back any unpaid rent. However, if the court rules for the tenant, the landlord may be ordered to pay costs.
Contact an Orange County Eviction Attorney
If you have any questions regarding the eviction process in Orange County, contact Schiff & Shelton, Attorneys at Law by calling (949) 417-2211.