What is the name of your state? California
I am going thru the eviction process right now for the first time, and when I asked my landlord for a copy of the rental agreement, she said they lost it and would be using the "verbal agreement" in regards to my month-to-month renting. I have just noticed the summons I received says that a "written" agreement was made, but that they are unable to provide it as "Exhibit 1".
There are no personal problems between my landlords and I. I simply need to delay this process as much as possible. Legally, can the fact that the original written agreement is lost help me in any way, shape, or form?