This article explains how to remove a tenant in Santa Clarita. The official name of the legal process of removing a Santa Clarita tenant is an “unlawful detainer.” There are several factors to consider when deciding to remove a Santa Clarita tenant.
Step by Step Guide on How to Remove a Tenant in Santa Clarita
Determine if there are any local tenant protections in effect that could complicate the process of removing a tenant from your home in Santa Clarita.
As of January 2024, the city of Santa Clarita itself does not have special, local tenant protections in effect (this could always change, so be sure to double check). But unincorporated parts of the county do. So, for example, if the property is located within an unincorporated part of LA county, such as Castaic and Stevenson Ranch, you’ll need to abide by the local rules. If the rental property is within the city limits of Santa Clarita, then you would not need to worry about additional, local protections.
Determine if the rental property is subject to the Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (AB1482).
AB1482 is a state law that was passed a few years back and created statewide tenant protections that went above and beyond historical landlord/tenant law. There are several exemptions to this law. If you meet one of the exemptions, then removing your Santa Clarita tenant from the property is easier than if you do not meet any of the AB1482 exemptions.
Serve the Santa Clarita tenant with the proper type of termination of tenancy notice.
There are different types of termination of tenancy notices, depending on the reason why you want the Santa Clarita tenant to be removed from your property. Is it because the tenant isn’t paying rent? Is the tenant damaging the property? Do you want the property back for some other reason unrelated to the tenant’s fault?
Wait and see if the tenant complies with the notice.
If the tenant complies with the termination of tenancy notice, there’s nothing else to do. If the tenant does not comply with the notice, then the Santa Clarita landlord will need to file what is known as an “unlawful detainer” at the courthouse. This is the eviction case where the landlord is asking the court for a judgment giving possession of the Santa Clarita property to the landlord.
How to receive more information on evicting a tenant in Santa Clarita?
Easy. Schedule a call with the Law Office of David Piotrowski. We will discuss your particular eviction matter and let you know your options and determine whether or not we can assist you in removing your Santa Clarita tenant.
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The information in this article and blog are not meant to be legal advice and is intended for educational purposes only. The laws change frequently and this article may not be updated to reflect current rules. Do not rely on this article when making legal decisions. Consult with legal counsel regarding your particular case before taking any action. It is important for landlords to understand what jurisdiction the rental property is located in, and whether or not there are any special tenant protections or rent control applicable to the property.