Requests for production of documents for California unlawful detainer (eviction)

Requests for production of documents in a California unlawful detainer (eviction) case is the topic of this blog post. The production of the original documents for inspection and copying may also be made depending on the facts of the individual case.

California law specifies that in an eviction case that a defendant may serve requests for production of documents at any time after being served with the summons and complaint.

The Economic Litigation rules that restrict discovery in limited civil cases do NOT apply to unlawful detainers pursuant to Code of Civil Procedure § 91(b). This means that theoretically at least there is no limit on the number of documents requested although as a practical matter asking for documents that are not relevant to the issues involved in this case is a bad idea.

Plaintiff must wait until at least five days after service of summons or once a defendant has made
a general appearance, unless leave of court is obtained. See Code of Civil Procedure § 2031.020(c) and (d). A defendant can serve the requests once they have been served with the summons and complaint.

The party who must produce the documents must be given at least five days from the date of service (10 days if served by mail) to respond unless the court shortens or extends the response time. See Code of Civil Procedure § 2031.260(b).

Requesting production of certain specified documents is very helpful to a tenant who contends that the landlord has ignored their notices regarding habitability issues with their rental, or any other affirmative defense in which the production of documents by the landlord is desired.

Attorneys or parties who wish to view a portion of sample requests for production of documents for a California eviction that are sold by the author can see below.

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