What do these papers mean?
Summons-Unlawful Detainer-Eviction (form SUM-130)
If you get a Summons (form SUM-130), this means your landlord started a court case asking a judge to order you to move out - to evict you. The Summons comes with another paper called a Complaint and a form, Plaintiff's Mandatory Cover Sheet and Supplemental Allegations (form UD-101). An eviction court case is also called an unlawful detainer case.
Learn more about what the forms mean and what your choices are.
The judge will decide the case without your input and your landlord will probably be able to evict you.
Respond and defend yourself in court
If you think you have a legal reason you shouldn't be evicted, or if you just want the court to hear your side of the story, you can respond by filing an Answer form with the court.
Move out or try to negotiate with your landlord
You may be able to come to an agreement with your landlord. Even if you choose to negotiate, it's still a good idea to file an Answer with the court to protect your rights.
You may be able to get help from your court's Self-Help Center, Legal Aid, a local law library, or housing agency.