Renting an apartment can provide less stability than owning an home. You might not ever have to be worried about it, but the chance of being evicted from your unit is present. You provide just cause for an eviction. Sometimes, your landlord tries to sue you for his own gain or legitimate reasons outside your control. In California, strict laws exist to regulate the flooding process and protect tenants' rights.


A tenant may do something to prompt the eviction actions, such as not paying the rent on time, violating different terms of the rental or damaging the apartment beyond what the law considers”normal tear and wear.” In San Francisco, according to the city’s Tenants Union, landlords can only evict tenants covered by rent control for one of 15″simply causes” Some of those points are beyond the tenant’s control. By way of example, landlords can evict tenants in certain instances if they wish to make significant repairs or move in the unit occupied by a tenant. Local laws regarding evictions change; nonetheless, historically, rent control cities such as San Francisco tend to have regulations.

Time Frame

Your landlord can end a month-to-month tenancy in California using a 60-day note if all tenants residing in a unit have lived there for more than a year. If any tenant has lived in the unit for under a year, just a 30-day note is required, as stated by the California Department of Consumer Affairs. In San Francisco and many other rent control towns, this note must be accompanied by an explanation of the”just cause” reason for termination of their tenancy. You may get a 3-day notice if you commit a crime that warrants eviction. If it’s possible to remedy the problem within 3 days, however, by paying past due rent or eliminating an illegal pet from a unit, as an example, California law requires your landlord to provide you with this opportunity and keep the tenancy if you comply.


Back in California, a landlord can”serve” a 3-day, 60-day or 90-day detect in one of 3 ways. She is able to serve it to you at home or work, serve it to some”a person of suitable age and discretion” at your house or work, or put a copy of the eviction notice in a”conspicuous” place at your apartment. In the latter two instances, your landlord should also send you a copy of the eviction notice in the email. The Department of Consumer Affairs clarifies that if you don’t go out in response to this notice, the landlord must file an”unlawful detainer lawsuit” in Superior Court. You have the right to a jury trial in California any time a landlord tries to evict you in your unit, even if you owe back rent.

Ellis Act

Ellis Act evictions are a point of contention in San Francisco, particularly in California. Beneath the Ellis Act, a landlord can evict all tenants from all units”unconditionally” with the intention of”going out of business” As the San Francisco Tenants Union advises, however, landlords often abuse the provision. In some cases, landlords invoke the Ellis Act so that they can convert apartments into condo units for sale. The grip on such actions tightens. Ellis evictions need 1-year notice for seniors and handicapped persons. All tenants need to get 120 days’ notice. Landlords can re-rent units under the Ellis Act, but if they do so inside 5 years, they need to offer the former tenants first right of refusal, and rents can’t exceed what the evicted tenants were already paying.

Owner Move In

San Francisco landlords have been known to mistreat”owner move in” evictions. By way of example, a landlord might assert that he or even a”close relative” plans to move in the unit only to get rid of a rent-controlled tenant in favor of a new tenant who will pay exchange rate. San Francisco just allows one proprietor move-in flooding per building. The landlord or relative must move into the unit within 3 weeks of evicting the tenant. He has to dwell in the unit for three or more years, according to the Tenants Union.

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