I have renters on a month to month lease, who have resided on my property since 7/2015. They were provided written notice to vacate on 2/9/17 via certified letter, which was signed for on 2/13/17. It is my understanding that their "60 day clock" started 2/14/17. I am anticipating them to leave my property by 4/14/17, but want to be prepared/ahead of the game in the event that they are not out by that date. Is there anything I can begin to do in advance?
Giving proper notice is the first step in starting the process. Assuming they don't vacate as required, you'd have to move on to filing an unlawful detainer complaint and accompanying forms, have the tenants served, and otherwise proceed with eviction as appropriate. You can read more about the process for landlords here: http://www.courts.ca.gov/27701.htm
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My advice is to hire an attorney who is reasonably priced and let them handle it. You know it will be done right without any hassles. Shop around your area and you should be able to find someone who does a lot of them and has very good prices.
It would be a good idea to have an attorney look over your agreement and your notice to make sure you have properly terminated the lease. If you do not want to hire an attorney now, I strongly advise you to hire an attorney before you begin an unlawful detainer preceding if they do hold over. Unlawful detainer proceedings require that you do everything right in terms of notice, service, etc. Any misstep can lead to a judgment in favor of the tenant and, if they have hired an attorney to defend themselves, the judgment will require you to pay their attorney's fees.
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