Potential Settlement in a California Unlawful Detainer (Eviction)


Oftentimes, agreeing to a reasonable settlement in a California unlawful detainer eviction case is in the landlord’s best interests. As a landlord, you want to receive possession of your property as quickly and efficiently as possible. A settlement will sometimes obtain that result quicker than going to trial.

There are several types of settlements possible in an unlawful detainer case, and a settlement can be an efficient way to regain possession of the property quickly. For example, on an eviction case based on non-payment of rent, the landlord may agree to waive the unpaid rent in exchange for the tenant vacating quickly. Or, the parties may agree to give the tenant an extra 30 days to vacate, in exchange for a promise from the tenant not to seek any delays or extensions.

One of the best ways to settle a case from a landlord’s perspective is via a “stipulated judgment.” The stipulated judgment can say that the judgment will not be executed if the tenant moves out of the property by a certain date. Another nice thing about an unlawful detainer settlement made while the case is pending is that it can be worded in such a way that if one party doesn’t comply with the terms of the settlement, the other party can go to court and ask the court to enforce the terms of the settlement.

Read David Piotrowski’s “Landlord Best Practices and Eviction Overview” book. If you need help with an eviction, including possible settlements, contact us today. Also, be sure to check out our reviews! We look forward to helping you. We offer a free consultation on most cases.

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