As a landlord, you may have had enough with a particular tenant. They could constantly be violating the lease terms or creating a nuisance to other tenants in your property. In such a case, you may be tempted to take matters into your own hands and evict them from your property. However, it is not advisable since you could find yourself in legal trouble.
You are required to follow certain procedures as the landlord when evicting your tenant.
You need to give written notice
Under California law, you must inform the tenant beforehand of your intention to terminate the tenancy agreement early. For instance:
If the tenant defaults on rent, you can give them a three-day notice to pay the rent owed. If they don’t pay, you can then take action towards evicting them.
You can also issue the tenant a three-day notice to cure lease violations or face eviction. This applies in situations you think can be rectified by the tenant for their continued use of the premises.
However, the tenant may commit serious violations to the lease agreement, such as damage to property or has been involved in illegal activities within the property. In that case, you may give them a three-day unconditional quit notice. It means that there is no space to correct their violations, and they should pack and leave within three days. Remember, the three days do not include weekends or other judicial holidays.
Avoid any troubles with the law
It is important to follow the eviction process carefully. It could help you avoid any legal issues that may arise later on with the evicted tenant regarding their eviction.
Learning more about what you need to do as a landlord, including dealing with any property left behind by the tenant, will safeguard your interests and ensure a smooth eviction process.