Real property/Housing Court


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Notice to the Public: Pursuant to SFLR 2.7(B)(2) courtesy copies of all filed papers for motions heard in Department 501 (Real Property/Housing Court) must be delivered to Department 501.

The Real Property/Housing Court was created in November 2011 as a result of a budget-related reorganization. Real Property/Housing Court is located in Department 501 of the Civic Center Courthouse. Real Property/Housing Court hears all matters pertaining to real property including but not limited to:

Unlawful Detainer

All unlawful/forcible detainer matters including mandatory settlement conferences, calling of the UD trial calendar, motions to continue UD trial, UD discovery, and requests for posting and mailing.

Civil Matters

  1. Law & Motion: All Law & Motion matters for Civil cases arising out of ownership of real property, possession of real property, acquisition of real property, and damage to real property (except construction defect cases). 
  2. Discovery: Discovery not handled via pro tempore system. All discovery motions in non-UD (CUD) Civil Real Property and Housing matters must first be noticed for hearing in Discovery Department at 9:00 a.m. per Local Rule 10. Specifically, the papers must indicate Department 302 at 9:00 a.m. If the matter is not resolved in the Discovery Department, the hearing will be re-set for Department 501 per Local Rule 10(B)

Motions to continue trial and calling of the trial calendar in non unlawful/forcible detainer matters are heard in Department 206.

Motions

All motions (including discovery not handled via pro tempore system and motions to continue UD trials) are heard at 9:30 a.m., Monday - Friday, excluding Court holidays.

Courtesy copies must be delivered to Department 501 on the date of filing by the moving party and not later than one day before the hearing by the opposing party. Failure to deliver courtesy copies may result in the matter being taken off calendar.  

  • The word "Discovery" must be typed on the title page of all papers related to Discovery.
  • Requests for telephonic appearances shall be made pursuant to San Francisco Superior Local Rules of Court, 3-4F.
  • Reserving a date prior to filing is not required; however there is a limit of five discovery motions per day. Parties must schedule and notice hearings within the time limits provided by law, e.g., CCP 1005, 1167.4, 1170.8, etc.

Ex-Parte applications

Ex-parte applications for Stays of Eviction shall be heard ONLY at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays. Accompanying requests for Orders Shortening Time for Motions to Vacate Judgment may be made at the same time.

Ex-parte applications for Entry of Judgment pursuant to Breach of Stipulation shall be heard ONLY on Mondays and Fridays at 11:00 a.m. 

All other Ex-parte applications are heard at 11 a.m. every day, EXCEPT Tuesdays. However, on Mondays and Fridays Ex-parte applications for Entry of Judgment will be heard first, and depending on the number of applications, some requests may be continued to a different date.

mandatory settlement conference

Unlawful Detainer settlement conferences are held at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Attendance at the settlement conference by the attorney who will try the case, and each party, is mandatory (See SFLRC 5.0 B, E)

Other Useful Information

Court Reporters

A Court Reporter will not be available in the Law & Motion/Discovery Department. Parties may privately arrange to have a certified Official Pro Tempore Court reporter present for motion hearings. Pursuant to GC 69955, the notes of the Official Pro Tempore Reporter are the official records of the Court, and shall be maintained or delivered to the Clerk of the Court in the paper and/or electronic form after the hearing.

Presiding Judge Matters

The Presiding Judge of the Court (or person designated by the Presiding Judge) hears all applications for Waiver of Court fees("In forma Pauperis").

Lunch Break

Department 501 is generally closed for lunch at Noon. If the morning calendar runs past Noon, the staff will recess thereafter. When this happens, a notice will be posted outside of the courtroom.

Proposed Orders

With the exception of proposed orders for motions for summary judgment/adjudication, it is recommended that parties appear at the hearing with proposed orders even if the hearing is uncontested to ensure timely processing of the order. Orders submitted after the session is over may experience a delay in processing. When submitting a proposed order after the session is over, submit an original, one copy, and a self-addressed stamped envelope. (Please refer to CRC 2.100 – 2.11 for specific details.

In view of the Jameson v. Desta decision

Fee waiver recipients who desire a verbatim record of a trial court proceeding must notify the court in writing by filing a notice, a request or other form of written notification. The notice/request must be received within the following time perimeters:

  • Unlawful Detainer Matters – 5 days before the trial court proceeding
  • Civil and Probate – 2 weeks before the trial court proceeding

Failure to make the request within the time perimeters listed above may result in the courts inability to honor your request in a timely manner, on the day of your hearing.