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Are you being evicted? Learn about your rights and get help (您正面臨驅逐嗎?了解您的權利並獲得幫助)

December 6, 2021 Guides & Reports

Frequently Asked Questions

The Eviction Process


My landlord verbally told me to move out. Is that an eviction?

Your landlord must give you written notice to terminate your tenancy. Eviction notices cannot be given verbally. A real eviction begins with a written notice, usually for 3, 30, or 60 days. But you do not have to leave your home when this notice expires (unless you live with your landlord*), and your landlord cannot force you to leave or lock you out. If you have not moved by the notice expiration date, the landlord can then begin the court eviction process with a lawsuit. This is called an Unlawful Detainer.

[Please note: For a single lodger, a person who lives in a room in a house where the owner lives, the landlord does not have to go through the court process to evict. Please contact an attorney or tenant counsellor for specific advice.]



[請注意:對於單人房客(居住的房屋也是房東的居住處),房東不必經過法院程序驅逐。 請聯繫律師或租戶顧問以獲取具體建議。]

What is the eviction process like?

In California, the only way a landlord can legally evict a tenant is by going through the courts and winning an eviction lawsuit. Accordingly, there are a set of legal procedures they must follow to properly evict a tenant. Below is a chart showing the relevant procedures and timeline for an Unlawful Detainer case.


在加州,房東唯一合法驅逐租戶的方法是通過法院審理並贏得驅逐訴訟。 因此,他必須遵循一套法律程序才能適當驅逐租戶。 下圖顯示了非法佔有案件的相關流程及時間表。

I received a written eviction notice. Now what?

If you received a written eviction notice, please contact the Eviction Defense Collaborative immediately (415) 659-9184 or If you are API, senior, low-income, and non-English speaking, please contact the Asian Law Caucus (415) 896-1701.If you receive a “Summons and Complaint for Unlawful Detainer”, you must respond to this within 5 days, or you will lose automatically and can be evicted by a Sheriff. The eviction process moves very quickly so it is important to find legal help immediately. DO NOT IGNORE an eviction notice or court papers.

我收到了書面驅逐通知。 怎麼辦?

如果您收到書面驅逐通知,請立即與抗逼遷聯盟(EDC)聯繫(415)659-9184或。如果您是亞太裔美國人, 老年人,低收入和非英語使用者,請聯繫亞洲法律聯會(415)896-1701。如果您收到“非法佔有者的傳票和投訴”,則必須在5天內對此做出回應,否則您將自動敗訴,並可能被法庭司警驅逐。驅逐過程非常迅速,因此立即尋求法律幫助非常重要。不要忽略驅逐通知或法院文件。

What should I do if I receive a Sheriff’s Notice to Vacate?

Contact Eviction Defense Collaborative IMMEDIATELY - Call (415) 659-9184 or If you do nothing, the Sheriff will evict you even if you didn’t do anything wrong.


立即與抗逼遷聯盟(EDC)聯繫 - 致電(415)659-9184或。如果您什麼也不做,即使您沒有做錯任何事,法庭司警也會驅逐您。

The information contained herein is intended for educational purposes only and not applicable in all cases. For legal advice, please contact the Asian Law Caucus.

本文包含的參考信息並不適用於所有情況。 尋求法律建議,請聯繫亞洲法律聯會。