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Do landlords need a reason to terminate a lease?

On Behalf of | Sep 28, 2019 | Firm News

If you rent a California residence, then odds are you want to feel secure in your house or apartment. You do not want to have to worry about finding a new place to live at a moment’s notice. The housing market is difficult to navigate when you have a lot of time to find the perfect place. This is worse when you do not have ample time to apartment or house hunt. If you signed a lease, can the property owner terminate it for any reason? The answer is that if you are on a proper lease, he or she cannot.

In order to terminate a lease, the landlord has to navigate legal channels. He or she has to give the tenant written notice. This cannot be an e-mail or any other form of communication. It has to be in writing. The Los Angeles Times explains that when you are on a lease, the property owner cannot give terminate your lease without a reason. He or she has to give you a 60-day notice. In that 60-day notice, he or she has to explain to you why he or she is terminating the lease.

The reasons for terminating a lease generally involve tenants who did not pay rent, tenants who commit illegal acts or those who break the rental agreement. A property owner cannot evict a tenant as a form of discrimination against a protected class. If your landlord terminates your lease, make sure that you have the termination in writing. Then, it is crucial that you hang onto any important documents, like your eviction.