As a landlord in California, you have seen it all. Your job gets harder when tenants act in ways that prod eviction. While eviction is a scary thought for most, some people don’t take the process seriously. It’s a part of the rental business you probably dread.
There hits a point when it’s no longer acceptable for a tenant to inhabit the property. Maybe they are not paying their rent, have more pets than allowed, damaged property or are involved in drug-related activities.
Whatever the case, you know the tenant needs to leave. But what if they won’t without a fight?
Self-help evictions happen, but it’s illegal. It may seem like a good idea to lock them out or shut off the utilities. But this could result in you getting in trouble. So, if a tenant refuses eviction, it’s best to take them to court rather than deal with it on your own.
In California, the formal eviction process follows certain steps, which include:
- Give a notice. You need to give your tenant a written notice. The tenant gets an allotted time to act. If they don’t, you can file an unlawful detainer case in court. These notices can be purchased in store. There are different kinds of notices. Therefore, you want to make sure you choose the right one and fill it out correctly so it abides by California laws. Mistakes could lead to you losing the case.
- Fill out the forms. Assuming your tenant still hasn’t left, you’ll need to start the unlawful detainer case. To do this, you fill out 3 court forms, which are:
- Civil case cover sheet