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1. In a quiet title action, a plaintiff cannot use the expedited judgment of possession process which is permitted in an unlawful detainer action. Instead, you must use the same process that's use in any regular civil action.
2. Here is a link to step-by-step instructions to obtain a default judgment.
3. Obtaining a default "judgment" is not the same thing as obtaining "entry of default." These are two separate and required steps (entry of default, followed by judgment of quiet title).
4. You cannot obtain a judgment of default from the clerk, because the clerk can only award money damages and not possession or an award of title to real property (except in a unlawful detainer action).
5. You must first obtain the entry of default from the clerk, and then ask the court to set a "prove up" hearing, so that you can obtain a judgment of possession and damages (if you requested damages in your original complaint). You cannot obtain a judgment of quiet title without an actual court hearing. See LASC Local Rule 3.201(b).
6. Once you prove the facts of the case, the judge can award judgment of title to you -- and, assuming you originally pleaded for possession of the property, then the judge can award possession in the judgment.
7. Once you have the judgment of possession, you can fill out the Form EJ-130 writ of possession so that the sheriff can remove the occupant of the property.
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