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California Eviction Notice

A California eviction notice is a document issued by property managers or landlords to the tenants for violation of the lease. A notice to quit can also be used by the landlord and property manager to inform a tenant who is late in rent payment that they can either clear the dues or vacate the rental/leased property.

Alternate names associated with landlord eviction notice include:

  • Notice to vacate
  • Eviction letter
  • Eviction notice letter
  • Warning letter
  • Warning notice

When can a landlord issue an eviction notice?

California landlords have the rights to evict a tenant if the tenant does the following:

  1. Persistently fails to make rent payments on time
  2. Violates lease/rental agreement and does not fix the problem
  3. Uses the rented space for illegal activities
  4. Property damage
  5. Causes disturbance to other tenants and neighbours

You can evict a tenant if they remain on the premises after lease period expires or when you want to terminate a month-to-month rental agreement.

How to write a California eviction notice

Writing an eviction letter is never an easy task. While you’ll find tons of sites claiming to provide free eviction notices, you’ll only end up wasting your time creating a document not compliant with California statutes.

Fortunately, we’ve geared up our system a step further to help you create a printable eviction notice within seconds. Our forms are easy to fill, captures all the basic information required in an eviction notice.

The first step in creating a California eviction notice will be writing down landlord’s and tenant’s information respectively. The information needed includes both parties full names, address, state, city and zip code.

Next, you will need to write down some brief info that will help identify the property in question. Such information includes the premises type, address, city, state and zip code. All this information should be added in “premise information” section.

In “terms of the notice” section, you should write down the date when the lease was violated and explain the violation. In your explanation, it’s important to give a detailed description and if possible mention the specific clause in the lease agreement that was violated.

Additionally, indicate what action you’d like to take against the tenant. For instance, you can choose to give the tenant a warning or a deadline to cure the violation. Alternatively, you can impose a violation fee as agreed in the rental/lease agreement or impose other legal actions of your liking.

The last section of our California eviction notice involves stating when the eviction notice will be signed, the number of witnesses to sign it and if proof of service is available. You can also customise the template by adding extra custom fields to add more information.

California tenant eviction process

The initial step in evicting a tenant would be to issue them with proper notice. An eviction notice to the tenant states what the tenant must do to remedy the violation and the deadline to correct the violation.

If the tenant adheres to the eviction notice, you don’t need to evict them. However, if the tenant fails to comply after serving them with a proper notice, you can launch a complaint with the state or local court to have them removed. If you win the court case, the tenant will have to vacate the premises, or the sheriff forcibly remove them.