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    Default What Should Be Included in an Answer to an Unlawful Detainer

    My question involves landlord-tenant law in the State of: California


    When filing an answer for an unlawful detainer what kind of information should be included? Should a tenant provide all the details or just state some basic grounds?

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    You would file an appropriate answer, present your affirmative defenses and, if appropriate, make any counter-claims that you want to raise and believe you can support in court. The extent to which you go into details would depend upon the allegations in the complaint, and also the defenses or counter-claims that you raise.

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    Thank you.

    Does all evidence need to be provided in the answer? All documents, receipts, communications? What if there is video evidence to be presented?

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    That's not the purpose of an answer. Absent a specific rule on the issue, disclosure of evidence and the like is going to be governed by any standing orders of the court and by any discovery rules or orders.

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    I... think I understand what you mean. Is there some resource I can look into to better understand? I don't want to burden you with having to explain what all of that means.

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    There are many resources on pretrial procedure, the quality and comprehensiveness of which will vary. You can check your county law library to see if they have any practitioner's guides -- those will cover a lot of issues.

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