Unlawful Detainer | Reasons to Evict



A California eviction may be started by a property owner against a tenant for a number of different reasons. The most common reason for tenant evictions is failure to pay rent. If a tenant fails or refuses to pay rent, the property owner may give a 3 day notice to pay or quit. 

A tenant may also be evicted if there is a breach of the lease agreement other than non-payment of rent and he/she refuses to fix the problem. Some examples are: Subletting the property without the landlord's consent, not paying late fees, or breaking a 'No Pets' clause.   

Engaging in illegal activity on the property premises, becoming a serious nuisance to other tenants and neighbors, or causing damage to the property is also grounds for a landlord to start the eviction process. Illegal activity includes, but is not limited to, drug activity, prostitution, and sometimes gang activity. 

And of course in most cities, a landlord may evict a tenant if he/she stays after the lease has expired or if the landlord gives proper notice to cancel the lease agreement. However, it is important to note that these two reasons alone may not be enough to evict in some cities with rent control.

If you need to evict a tenant for any of the above reasons, the Law Offices of Lucy Zheng can help you file your case from beginning to end, making sure that you give proper notice so that your case will not get rejected once it has started. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.