File with court… - Posted by randyOH
Posted by randyOH on September 22, 2004 at 17:41:11:
The next step is to file a complaint in court. Just go to the local court for your area (Municipal Court?) and they will tell you exactly what to do and give you the paperwork to fill out. You will need to find the proper court. Look in the phone book and call the court house. Someone will be able to tell you where to go for an eviction case. You can do it all yourself.
But make sure the notice you served was proper. If it was not, then your case may be dismissed and you will have to start all over again. Take the notice with you to the court office and see if someone there can tell you if it is okay. This is probably the trickiest part of the whole process. There are specific rules about how the notice must be served.
Also, can you prove the notice was served? I always try to have a third party serve my notices. That way, I can prove it was served. What if the tenant says he never received the notice? If it is just your word against his, the case may be dismissed.