Form Complaints to Sue, But No Form Answer For You

Most of the courts in my service area have form Complaints for landlords to evict.  Most of these complaints have a “second cause” included, which means the landlord is suing for money in addition to get possession of the home back.  That means a tenant being evicted must respond with a written Answer.  If they don’t, then they won’t even get notice about the hearing where the landlord gets to say how much the tenant owes.

But none of these courts have a form Answer to respond to the form Complaint.

Why do courts provide legal documents to the party that is far more likely to be represented by a lawyer?  And nothing to defendants, forced into court without any help and facing such harsh consequences if they don’t respond with the form you don’t provide?


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