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Introduction to Unlawful Detainer

A CJER Online Course

This online course will teach you the basic law and procedure for hearing unlawful detainer (UD) proceedings between landlords and tenants. Like small claims proceedings, UD cases require extra attention because the individual parties, especially residential tenants, are often self-represented.

Learning Goals

Online Coursework Credit

Minimum education requirements, expectations, or recommendations, including fairness and access 3
Special education requirement—family n/a
Special education recommendation—juvenile n/a
Qualifying judicial ethics n/a
DV component
Temporary judge training 3
MCLE Credit
Legal Ethics n/a
Elimination of Bias n/a
Substance Abuse /
Mental Illness

As a result of this course, you will be able to:

  • Explain how summary UD proceedings differ from general civil actions
  • Identify who can appear for the plaintiff or defendant
  • Compare the strict requirements for 3-day, 30-day, and 60-day notices
  • List the methods of service for the different notices
  • State when the tenant must respond
  • List legal reasons for a landlord to terminate a tenancy, such as rent default, nuisance, or going out of the rental business
  • List legal defenses available to the tenant, such as breach of the warranty of habitability or retaliatory eviction
  • Explain use of the prejudgment claim of right to possession
  • Identify basic trial procedures and available relief
  • Explain postforeclosure eviction procedures
  • Contrast related actions such a forcible entry or detainer or actions to quiet title
We estimate that this course will take three hours to complete, depending on your experience. You may take the course in more than one session but make a note where to restart.

This course contains various activities and quizzes. These are training exercises for your own practice only; no record is made of any of your responses to the course activities or quizzes.

Your feedback is valuable and will help us develop future courses. After finishing this course, please take a few minutes to complete the evaluation form. After completing the evaluation, you may print a certificate of completion. This course will help satisfy your continuing education needs.

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This course covers legislation and rules through January 1, 2013,
and cases through 209 CA4th and 55 C4th.

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