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  • Commercial Eviction 101

    Your commercial tenant is in default - now what? A commercial eviction is a complicated process; however, the case is much easier if properly planned from start.

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  • Types of Residential Eviction Notices in California

    One of the most critical, yet confusing, steps in any residential eviction proceeding is the eviction notice. If not done correctly, your case will be dismissed. This guide outlines the types of evictions notices and when each is proper.

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  • The California Three-Day Notice to Pay Rent Or Quit: What You Need To Include To Win In Court

    When the tenant fails to pay rent timely, the landlord should give the tenant a three-day notice to pay rent or quit. The notice must be in writing and accurately state: The full name of the tenant or tenants; The address of the rental property; The exact amount of rent that is...

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  • How to Properly Serve a Residential Eviction Notice in California

    Once youve prepared the eviction notice, you need to make sure you serve the notice properly. There are a few options: first, you can do it yourself or have a friend to do it. These are the least expensive options. Second, you can hire a process server. This service will cost you...

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  • How to Evict a Tenant In California: The Typical Process of a California Eviction

    Step One: Prepare Eviction Notice The first step in most eviction cases is the Eviction Notice. This for cause notice typically occurs when a tenant fails to pay rent, is too noisy, is selling narcotics, or has does something that violates an important lease cause. In other ins...

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  • What Does A California Landlord Need to Do When Returning A Tenant's Security Deposit?

    A landlord has 21 days to to either send you a full refund of the security deposit, or provide an itemized statement that lists the amounts of any deductions for the security deposit and the reasons for the deductions. The rules regarding the itemized statement are very particula...

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  • What Happens When The Tenant Files Bankruptcy?

    When a person files for bankruptcy protection, an automatic stay issues regarding all debt collection related issues, including rent payments for a lease. The timing of the bankruptcy determines how the landlord can proceed: If the tenant files bankruptcy before service of the n...

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  • How to Evict a Tenant When the House is For Sale

    Your rental property is for sale. You have a long term tenant that is current with the rent and doesnt want to leave. But, you need the tenant to vacate the property prior to the close of escrow. Can you evict the tenant? Yes. Normally, when a tenant has resided at a property for...

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  • How Much Can A Landlord Increase The Rent?

    If a tenant has a lease for more than 30 days, the rent cannot be increased during that lease unless the lease provides for an increase. By comparison, if the tenant has a periodic rental agreement (e.g., month-to-month), the landlord can increase the rent but the landlord must g...

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  • How to Evict a Tenant That Won't Leave When Your Home is For Sale

    Your rental property is for sale. You have a long term tenant that is current with the rent and doesnt want to leave. But, you need the tenant to vacate the property prior to the close of escrow. Can you evict the tenant? Yes. Normally, when a tenant has resided at a property for...

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