Your step-by-step guide to evicting a problem tenant in California
Sooner or later, nearly every residential landlord has to evict a tenant for nonpayment of rent, property damage, an illegal sublet (including Airbnb), or another violation of the lease or the law.
You don’t always need to hire a lawyer, but you do need reliable information, particularly if your property is under rent control. Here, you’ll find all of the forms you need along with clear, step-by-step instructions on how to:
- prepare nonpayment of rent notices
- prepare 3-, 30-, 60-, and 90-day notices
- complete and serve all required eviction forms
- deal with tenants’ delaying tactics, and
- file your “unlawful detainer” complaint in court.
Just filing an eviction lawsuit may prompt the tenant to leave. If it doesn’t, you’ll learn how to:
- handle a contested eviction suit by yourselfand know when to get professional help
- respond to a tenant’s defenses and claims
- evict a tenant who has filed for bankruptcy or is occupying property you purchased at a foreclosure sale, and
- collect unpaid rent after you win
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About the Author
David Brown practices law in the Monterey, California area, where he has represented both landlords and tenants in hundreds of court cases most of which he felt could have been avoided if both sides were more fully informed about landlord/tenant law. Brown, a graduate of Stanford University and the University of Santa Clara Law School.
Nils Rosenquest has practiced housing, landlord-tenant, real estate, and business law for more than 35 years on behalf of individual landlords and tenants, small businesses, and community organizations. AV rated by Martindale Hubbell, he practices in all state and federal courts in California, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He is also admitted to the United States Court of Claims and the United States Tax Court. In addition to helping private individuals and companies in housing and community matters, he represents non-profit subsidized housing developers and non-profit live-work communities. Apart from his law practice, he serves on the board of directors for the Chinatown Community Development Center, Inc., which supports subsidized housing and community development in San Francisco; volunteers at the San Francisco Superior Court in three departments; and teaches legal continuing education classes from time to time.
Table of Contents
1. Evictions in California: An Overview
2. Eviction for Nonpayment of Rent
3. Eviction by 30-Day or 60-Day Notice
4. Eviction for Lease Violations, Property Damage, or Nuisance
5. Eviction Without a Three-Day or Other Termination Notice
6. Filing and Serving Your Unlawful Detainer Complaint
7. Taking a Default Judgment
8. Contested Cases
9. Collecting Your Money Judgment
10. When a Tenant Files for Bankruptcy
A. Rent Control Chart
B. How to Use the Interactive Forms