Tenant Defenders – Eviction Defense & Tenants’ Legal Assistance

San Diego Attorney Specializing in Eviction Defense & Tenants’ Rights

Marc D. Whitham

Tenants can decide their own fate.


If you have a problem with your landlord, you don’t have to live in fear of being evicted, but you do need to understand what the law says, and how it will be applied if you end up in court.  That’s why it’s important to talk to a lawyer who specializes on tenants’ rights.

To fully benefit from the protections the law provides, many times tenants need a lawyer.

Whether you need to prepare for defending an eviction, or you need to assert your rights to decent housing, or because your landlord’s negligence has caused you harm, legal assistance is available.

Don’t be intimidated. Take action.

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Get Legal Assistance & Assert your Housing Rights.


  • Don’t Waste Time

When a tenant has a legal conflict with the landlord, there is often only a short period of time to act.  Under California law, landlords are usually required to give notice to tenants before they resort to legal action. However, most of these legally required notices give a tenant only three days to act.  When a tenant fails to act within the three days then the landlord can proceed to court.

Once the case is filed in court, it can move very quickly because eviction (also called unlawful detainer) is known as a summary proceeding.   If you have already been sued in court, and served with an unlawful detainer summons, then you have only five days to respond. If your landlord has sued you or is threatening to sue you, then you must act quickly. Hesitation and uncertainty can lead to a loss of money, loss of security and the loss of your home. Don’t wait. Contact us immediately to discuss your case.

  • Get Informed

If your situation is not a lawsuit in court, but rather a question, or a curiosity about what the law says, there are many places where you can find educational materials, and  every tenant should become familiar with the legal protections for tenants in California law.

Many times the answer tenants’ legal questions are more complicated than they may first appear.  Tenants should not rely upon every piece of information posted online, or simply accept the advice of friends and neighbors.  Make sure the source of your legal advice is reliable and up to date.

Look around the website and see if we have information to help you.  If you have a question and you can’t find an answer,  click here to send us a comment.  I will reply, and I’ll be happy to point you to the resources you need. 

  • Get Representation

If you have a situation that is more than a question, and already have a legal dispute with your landlord, then information alone is not enough to settle the case to your advantage. What most tenants need, but seldom have, is an attorney who knows the law, and the landlord’s duties under the law.

Tenants need a lawyer who understands their viewpoint, knows their rights, and will forcefully argue their interests. Even the most informed tenants can find the court system and the challenge of defending a lawsuit to be overwhelming

  • Don’t go to Trial Unprepared

Tenants who go to court without an attorney frequently find themselves entering into bad agreements and suffering humiliation at the hands of the landlord’s lawyers. Having an experienced litigator on your side will make a difference.

Written notices demanding the payment of rent, notices that threaten the termination of your lease, accusations of illegal activity, excessive rent increases, and the oppressive actions of the owner or management should be met with the help of a professional.

Stop Wrongful Evictions.  Assert your Tenant Rights.