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Why does eviction paperwork and process have to be followed to the letter?

Asked by AshlynM (10552points) September 22nd, 2016

For landlords evicting a tenant. Why does everything have to be exact, especially the wording of the notices? If one small thing is wrong, then it’s incorrect and landlord must refile. Courts won’t accept the paperwork. Why is this?

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filmfann's avatar

Because there are laws protecting renters, to insure they are properly notified, with enough time for them to react.

jca's avatar

Any type of legal paperwork follows a very formal format and regimented filing process.

cazzie's avatar

Because making someone homeless is a BFD.

flo's avatar

If the word in question is relevant it’s important. Even the words “the” and “a” are very meaningful.

Judi's avatar

It is grounds for a dismissal.
If you spell a persons name wrong and you go to court the defandant can say “that’s not me. My name is Jon not John” and you have to start all over.
Since it can take 30 days or more just to get a court date you don’t want to do ANYTHING that will force you to go back to square one!
disclaimer, I am not an attorney but I have owned and managed rental property in California for over 25 years.

Judi's avatar

I should also add that even though I’ve done this for so long I still use an attorney for evictions because I want to be sure every eye is dotted and every t crossed.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Because that’s the way the law works, for everything. It has to. The wording on legal papers must be exact to minimize the margin for errors and/or abuse. A friend of mine once got out of a quite deserved traffic violation because the officer wrote the wrong time on the ticket. It was like 12:30 AM, but he wrote it as 12:30 PM.

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