Find out what the court case is about before you go for your hearing. Look at the papers you received. There should be an index number and the type of case – usually in the upper right or left corner.
Is it a nonpayment? A holdover case? Do you owe rent? Is there something else going on?
You can get information before going to court by calling our hotline or visiting our tables.
Figure out your defenses. Your defenses are your answers to the landlord’s claims. If you owe back rent, how much do you think you owe? Can you find receipts for rent you already paid?