A no fault eviction in Los Angeles is an eviction whereby the owner seeks to regain possession of the rental property due to no-fault of the tenant.
There are three types of no fault evictions in Los Angeles. First, there is the no fault eviction in Los Angeles based on an eviction pursuant to the newly established Just Cause Ordinance (JCO) in the city. Second, there is the no fault eviction in Los Angeles pursuant to the LA Rent Stabilization Ordinance (LARSO). Third, there is the no fault eviction in Los Angeles that applies when there is no local eviction restrictions in effect. You’ll need to first establish if your residential rental property falls within the scope of the JCO, the LARSO, or neither.
(If you’re looking for at fault reasons to evict a tenant in Los Angeles, we published another article that you’ll find helpful: Just Cause Reasons to Evict a Tenant in the City of LA)
No Fault Eviction in Los Angeles Pursuant to the JCO
The new JCO established rent control on residential properties that have historically been exempt from rent control in LA, including single family homes. There are a few allowable no fault reasons for eviction in the city of LA under the JCO. If you cannot fit the reason for the no fault eviction in Los Angeles into one of the following categories, you won’t be able to evict for a no fault reason in LA. The no fault reasons for eviction in LA pursuant to the JCO are:
- Owner or Family Member Use (LAMC 163.03(H))
- Demolish or Substantial Renovation (LAMC 165.03(I))
- Withdraw the Rental Permanently from Rental Housing Use (LAMC 165.03(I))
- Government Order (LAMC 165.03(J))
- Government is Owner and Wants to Sell (LAMC 165.03(K))
- Residential Hotel (LAMC 165.03(L))
- Convert to Affordable Housing Accommodations (LAMC 165.03(M))
- Convert to Non Residential Use (LAMC 165.03(N))
No Fault Eviction in Los Angeles Pursuant to the LARSO
Traditional rent control and tenant protections in the city of LA has been under LARSO. Here are the most common no fault eviction reasons in the city of LA under LARSO:
- Owner or Family Member Use (LAMC 151.09(A)(8))
- Primary Renovation Work (LAMC 151.09(A)(9))
- Demolish or Permanently Remove the Rental from Rental Housing Use (LAMC 151.09(A)(10))
- Government Order (LAMC 151.09(A)(11))
- Government is Owner (LAMC 151.09(A)(12))
- Residential Hotel (LAMC 151.09(A)(13))
- Convert to Affordable Housing (LAMC 151.09(A)(14))
No Fault Eviction in Los Angeles With No Local Restrictions
If you’re one of the (very few) landlords in the city of LA that are not subject to any local eviction restrictions, then you can simply serve your tenant with a 30/60 day notice to terminate tenancy without having to qualify the eviction into one of the allowable reasons to terminate the tenancy. With only a few exemptions to just cause tenant protections in the city of LA, most residential properties in the city of LA will no longer fit into this category.
FAQ on No Fault Eviction in Los Angeles
What are the no fault eviction reasons in the city of LA?
There are several no fault reasons for evicting a tenant in the city of LA. The allowable no fault reasons are discussed in this article and will depend on whether the rental property falls under the JCO or the LARSO.
Do I have to have a no fault reason to evict my tenant in the city of LA?
Yes, you have to have a no fault reason to evict a tenant in the city of LA If you want the property back for reasons unrelated to the fault of the tenant, unless your property is exempt. Very few properties are exempt in the city of LA.
What if I want to sell my property vacant?
Unfortunately, wanting the tenant to move out so that you can sell the property vacant is not an allowable no fault reason for eviction in the city of LA.
I just want my tenant to move but I cannot qualify the reason as one of the allowable no fault reasons for eviction in the city of LA. Do I have any options?
You could attempt to work out a legal, voluntary, mutual move out agreement with your 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.