What is the name of your state (only U.S. law)? California
I am suing my previous landlord for a return of our security deposit for wrongfully withholding it for the past 9 months and failing to send any documentation for the damages and repairs it was supposedly used for.
On the first court date, the real estate agent that represents the landlord showed up at the court hearing because he thought that he could represent the landlord without him being there and without verifying with the court first. The judge ruled that it was not allowed and called for a continuance and pushed the court hearing another month, requiring the landlord to be there in person for the next hearing.
On the second court date, the defendant did not show up AGAIN. The real estate agent showed up again to notify the court that the defendant was on vacation and would not be back for another week. The judge then called for another continuance, pushing the court date back ANOTHER MONTH.
This is very irritating and inconvenient for me. I already took the day off from, missing a full day's pay from work, and I have to take ANOTHER day off of work to come back for a THIRD time. Why is this allowed? Can I do anything about this? Can I file some sort of motion? I don't understand why I should be taking time out of my schedule to meet the convenience of the defendants, even though he knew of the new court date A MONTH in advance and he still decides to go on vacation during the week of the trial.
Any advice would be great. Thank you.