How Do I Evict a Tenant in Los Angeles?

Evicting a tenant in Los Angeles usually requires the following steps:

  1. Serve a valid termination notice on the tenant (usually a 3 day, 30 day, or 60 day notice).
  2. If the tenant does not comply with the terms of the notice, file an Unlawful Detainer (eviction) case in the correct court. You can find the filing court location here.
  3. Serve the tenant with the court papers. It is a best practice to have the papers served by a process server or sheriff.
  4. Wait the required number of days to see if the tenant fights the case.
  5. If the tenant does not fight the case, request a default judgment and writ of possession from the court. Once these have been granted, submit them to the sheriff and request that the sheriff schedule a lockout.
  6. If the tenant fights the case, submit the appropriate  court documents in response to the tenant’s claims. You may need to have a trial.

It is important to note that this is a simplified version of how to evict a tenant in Los Angeles. Guidelines are strict and an attorney should be consulted for each particular eviction case.

Here’s a visual representation of the typical non-payment of rent case.

California Eviction Flowchart


Need help with evicting a tenant in Los Angeles? Contact the Law Office of David Piotrowski for assistance.

The Law Office of David Piotrowski represents landlords throughout southern California and can assist with a tenant eviction.

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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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