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 yourself-and 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.
All forms are downloadable through a special link in the book.
"An up-to-date book such as this is as necessary as... a rent receipt book or a good repair person." San Francisco Chronicle
"Recommended by the state Department of Consumer Affairs." Sacramento Bee
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