California 3 Day Notice – Reasons to Provide Tenants with Three Day Notice

 

In California, residential landlords may need to remove a tenant from the property for many different reasons.  Some reasons require providing the tenant with a three (3) day notice.  Other reasons require a 30 day notice, a 60 day notice, or even a 90 day notice.  Further restrictions may apply in certain rent control jurisdictions.

This post will discuss the permissible grounds for serving a California tenant with a 3 day notice.  A word of caution: the local rent control ordinance should be checked, if applicable, as rent control laws may change the circumstances in which a 3 day notice may be served on a California tenant.

California landlords may serve their tenant with a 3 Day Notice for the following reasons:

  •  Where the tenant has defaulted in their rent and owes the California landlord unpaid rent (This is by far the most common reason for serving a California tenant with a 3 day notice.  See below for other links on this blog discussing the 3 Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit.)
  • Where the California tenant has breached the rental agreement.  Examples include having a pet when the lease says no pets are allowed, or using a waterbed when the lease says no waterbeds
  • Where the tenant is committing a nuisance on the property
  • Where the California tenant is committing “waste” on the property
  • Where the tenant is using the property for an illegal purpose
  • When the tenant has assigned or sublet the unit
As you can see, there are different reasons why a California landlord may need to serve a 3 day notice on their residential tenant.  Landlords should be careful to use the correct type of 3 Day Notice, depending on the purpose:
Courts are very strict in enforcing the rules and requiring that the California landlord serve the correct type of 3 day notice.

Other helpful landlord links relating to the 3 Day Notice (in particular the 3 Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit):

The Law Office of David Piotrowski can create and serve a 3 day notice on California tenants.  Contact the firm today.

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