The time to respond to an eviction case is very short and you may only have 5 court days (excluding weekends and court holidays) from the date you were served with the lawsuit papers to file your answer in court. Failure to timely file an answer may result in the automatic loss of your eviction cases.
We have many ways to help if you are being evicted. We can tell you what your rights are and what you can do to protect yourself and your family.
How To Get Help
Call to speak to our intake team, Monday through Friday 9 am – 5 pm
Call 1-877-534-2524 | TTY 1-800-735-2929
Or send an email using the contact form here.
Eviction Defense Walk-in Clinic
To get help responding to your eviction (unlawful detainer) you can come to Legal Aid Society’s walk-in clinic located at the Hall of Justice courthouse in Downtown San Diego. No appointment is needed and services are offered on a first-come, first-served basis.
We can help you prepare an answer to an Unlawful Detainer (Eviction) lawsuit, or we can help you ask the court for more time to move if you have a notice to vacate from the Sheriff.
Hall of Justice
330 W. Broadway, 2nd floor, Room 251
San Diego, CA 92101
Hours of Operation: Monday through Friday
8:30 AM to 3:30 PM
LASSD Clinics are closed on court holidays. Check court holidays: Hours & Holidays | Superior Court of California - County of San Diego
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Our staff give presentations on a variety of issues to community groups, service providers, and others in low-income communities.
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We can always use volunteer assistance. Please contact our pro bono team for opportunities!