San Francisco Eviction Process


The San Francisco eviction process will vary based on the reason for the eviction. San Francisco non-payment of rent evictions generally follows the process described below:

The eviction process generally goes as follows:

  1.  The San Francisco tenant fails to pay the landlord when the rent is due.
  2. The San Francisco landlord issues a “3 Day Notice to Pay Rent or Quit.”
  3. If the San Francisco tenant fails to pay within the specified time period, then an Unlawful Detainer (eviction) lawsuit is filed against the San Francisco tenant.
  4. The San Francisco “unlawful detainer” lawsuit is served on the San Francisco tenant.
  5. If the San Francisco tenant fails to respond within 5 calendar days to the lawsuit (longer if we are unable to personally serve the tenant), then the landlord will seek a default judgment.  If the San Francisco tenant responds within the 5 days, then a court date may be set to argue the case.
  6. When your case is “won,” the proper forms will be filed and submitted to the proper San Francisco law enforcement personnel who will forcibly remove the San Francisco tenant from the property if they do not voluntarily move.
  7. Once the San Francisco landlord has the property back in his possession, he can change the locks and rent the house to new tenants.

The above process describes the typical San Francisco eviction process for non-payment of rent unlawful detainer eviction cases.

If you need help with a San Francisco eviction, contact a landlord attorney in San Francisco today!

The Law Office of David Piotrowski represents landlords throughout the city of San Francisco and can assist with a San Francisco tenant eviction.

Read Attorney Piotrowski’s “Landlord Best Practices and Eviction Overview” book.

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