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How to Serve an Out-of-State Property Owner

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People who own property in California may be sued about that property in a California court, even if they live in another state.

You may serve a property owner who does not live in California by any of the three service methods normally used in small claims cases: personal service, substituted service, or certified mail service by the court clerk.

Please read the page on How is Service Done?


If the owner of the property is a business, please also read the page on Serving a Business or Government Agency.

If the owner of the property is a corporation or LLC, please also read the page on Serving Out-of-State Business.



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