Landlords must not demand more than 1 year of rent on the 3 day notice to pay rent or quit.
A 3 day notice to pay rent or quit is defective if it demands payment of rent that is more than 1 year overdue. If more than 1 year of rent is due, then the landlord can file a separate civil action against the defendant, but it cannot be a part of the unlawful detainer eviction case.
As an eviction attorney, my office always recommends that landlords start the eviction process as soon as the tenant stops paying the rent. Don’t wait even one month. The more time you wait to begin the process, the longer the tenant will be in your house living “rent free.”
Read Attorney Piotrowski’s “Landlord Best Practices and Eviction Overview” book.
The Law Office of David Piotrowski represents landlords throughout southern California and can assist with a tenant eviction.
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