The process of getting evicted in California can be stressful, and the idea of not having a home can cause stress and concern. Therefore, if you believe you might be getting evicted, it is important to understand why this happens and what your options are. Why might a tenant get evicted in California?
In general, there are two separate paths the eviction process might take. The first is called termination with cause. The most common reasons for a just-cause eviction includes a failure to pay rent, a violation of the rental agreement, or the commission of an illegal act. (The state of California and many Counties have exceptions for eviction moratorium that may apply if rent has not been paid due to COVID-19 related hardships).
The other option is to terminate without cause. In this situation, tenants must be given a 30 day notice of termination (or a 60 day notice if they have occupied their residence for more than a year.)
If terminating with cause, tenants should be served a three-day notice to pay rent, a three-day notice to cure (which means to stop or rectify any lease violation), or a notice to quit (when the tenant is not given an opportunity to correct any issues). Without the proper notice, the lease cannot be terminated through this path. Tenants should make sure that any eviction notice served by the landlord or the landlord’s representative have followed the proper and legal procedures. Because this can be complicated, it is important to rely on a legal professional for help. That is where we can help you.
If you have been served an eviction notice, or if you believe that the landlord has violated the rental agreement, then you need to rely on a landlord tenant attorney Orange County who knows rental and housing laws in CA and can defend your rights. At the Katje Law Group, we specialize in landlord and tenant law, and we can help you as well. Contact our landlord-tenant attorney Orange County today for a case evaluation.
Ms. Katje earned her Juris Doctorate at California Western School of Law, San Diego, California, graduated Cum Laude and was a Dean’s Honor List recipient. She was also a recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Contracts I and Contracts II. Ms. Katje was a member of the Law Review and International Law Journal at California Western School Law, where she was an Associate Editor.