Frequently Asked Questions

When can I evict a tenant?
In California, a landlord may be able to evict a tenant if the tenant:

Fails to pay the rent on time;
Breaks the lease or rental agreement and will not fix the problem (like keeping when pets are not allowed);
Damages the property bringing down the value (commits "waste");
Becomes a serious nuisance by disturbing other tenants and neighbors even after being asked to stop; or
Uses the property to do something illegal.

In most cities, the landlord can also evict the tenant:
If the tenant stays after the lease is up,* or If the landlord cancels the rental agreement by giving proper notice.*
*If your city has rent control, these 2 reasons may not be good enough to evict a tenant. Most rental units in California are not rent-controlled. But if the unit is in a city with rent control, there usually are more protections in place for tenants that you need to know. The best way to find out if rent control applies to a unit is to check with the local city or county government, planning and zoning department, or with the local legal aid, self-help center, or law library. Or, click to find out if the property is in a rent-controlled area.
How do I start the process?
To Evict a Tenant
How long does the eviction process take?
What Is A Money Judgment?
How To Collect An Eviction Judgment?