California Landlords: What Happens After Serving the Tenant a 3 Day or 30/60 Day Notice?

Once the California landlord gives the tenant notice, the landlord must wait until the notice period is up to see if the tenant does what the notice asks within the time allowed. If the tenant does not comply, then the California landlord can file an unlawful detainer case in court to evict the tenant and request back rent. The landlord should hire an evictions attorney.  If the tenant does what the notice requires (like pay the back rent in full), then the California landlord cannot file an unlawful detainer case.

If the California landlord files the eviction case in court before the notice runs out, the court will dismiss the case.

To count the days in the notice period:

  • The first day is the day after the notice is served.
  • Then count every day on the calendar, including weekends and holidays.
  • If the last day of the notice period falls on a holiday or weekend, then the notice period ends the next work day.

If the California landlord or their representative does not serve the notice in person and has to mail a second copy, then the landlord or their representative has to make sure that they do not start counting until the day after the notice is mailed.

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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.

2 thoughts on “California Landlords: What Happens After Serving the Tenant a 3 Day or 30/60 Day Notice?”

  1. My sister is in bed rest, can I go to court for her as her landlord representative, she needs to evict someone?

  2. davidpiotrowski

    Possibly. You’d probably want to get a power of attorney signed by her, authorizing you to act on her behalf.

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