How Long Does an Eviction Take in California?


How long does it take to evict a tenant in California? This is a question we get asked frequently. The time frame it takes to evict a tenant in California varies from court to court. In Los Angeles county, typical cases can take anywhere from 1 month to 3 months on average, depending on several factors. Ventura county evictions are typically slightly faster. To put this in perspective, a typical civil case can take over a year to resolve. While many landlords balk at the 1-3 month time frame to evict most tenants in California, the process is generally much faster than a regular civil case. This is because unlawful detainer eviction cases receive priority on the court’s calendar.

As you can see, unlawful detainer eviction cases in California are relatively quick. This does NOT mean they are easy. Unlawful detainer cases are extremely technical. The slightest error on the part of the landlord can cause the entire cast to be lost. If the case is lost, the landlord would have to refile from the beginning, restarting the timeframe and amounting to added expense and pressures. It is recommended to have an attorney represent you in court.

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