The court papers served on the tenant shd ustate that the tenant may answer either
Saturday, Sunday, or a legal holiday, the answer is required to be filed on the next day that is not
answer and the court in which the answer should be filed. If the tenant fails to respond at the end
of the seventh day, the lawsuit is in default.The court can then grant the landlord a writ of
summons, a trial of the issues will be held in accordance with the procedures of the court.
I have been served with a dispossessory warrant. It states that I can file an answer. What is an answer?
An answer is your response to your landlord's dispossessory warrant. It can be written or
you can tell your response to the court clerk and have it written for you. The filing of an answer
may not be conditioned on paymentof rent. Payment of the rentalleged to be owed does not
have to be made with the answer. The answeis your opportunity to state why you do not feel
your landlord is legally entitled to have you evi d.e If your landlord isseeking to evict you
alleging that you violated your lease, your ans er should state why you believe that you did not
violate the lease. If an answer is filed, the ourt will schedule a hearing in which the tenant and
filed, even if it does not contain an adequate legadefense, the clerk must treat it as an answer
until a judge determines otherwise. Before a judge can strike an answer as legally inadequate the
tenant must be given notice and opportunity for a hearing on whether the answer filed has legal
How long do I have to file an answer?