California 3 Day Notice to Quit – Required Content

Sometimes, a tenant is current in their rent so you cannot evict them with a 3 Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit.  Occassionally, a tenant will be violating a term of the lease, such as having a pet when the lease prohibits animals, in which case a 3 Day Notice to Perform Covenant or Quit would be appropriate.

If the tenant is doing something that cannot be fixed, then a landlord may be able to serve the California tenant with a 3 Day Notice to Quit.  This notice does not allow the tenant to fix the problem.  It requires that the tenant either move within 3 days or face an eviction with the court.  A California 3 Day Notice to Quit can only be used in certain instances and legal counsel should be consulted.

This kind of notice is used if there have been ongoing problems with a tenant who:

  • Causes or allows a “nuisance” on the property;
  • Uses the property to do something illegal (like sell drugs);
  • Threatens the health and safety of other tenants or the general public;
  • Commits waste (damage) that lowers the value of the property significantly;
  • Moves in other tenants (subtenants) without the landlord’s permission.

The notice must:

  • Be in writing;
  • Say the full name of the tenant or tenants;
  • Have the address of the rental property;
  • State the details and dates of each incident that created a nuisance, waste (damage), or illegal activity, or the subletting of the propety to others;
  • Say clearly that the tenant has to move out within 3 days; and
  • Be signed by the landlord or his or her agent and state the date of the notice.

For additional information, visit the Law Office of David Piotrowski.

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This article is courtesy of the Law Office of David Piotrowski, a California law firm representing landlords with eviction matters.

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