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What are the grounds for eviction in California?

On Behalf of | Jan 3, 2024 | Landlord/Tenant Concerns |

Renting property is a great way to earn passive income on your investment. However, many property owners run into issues with tenants, which might warrant an eviction.

While there are many legally valid reasons to evict tenants in California, property owners must fully understand the law to remain compliant.

Non-payment of rent

Landlords depend on timely payments to maintain their properties and cover expenses. Accordingly, California landlords can legally evict a tenant if they consistently fall behind on rent payments.

Violation of lease agreement

Lease agreements outline the rules and responsibilities of both parties. If a tenant breaches the terms of the lease, such as engaging in illegal activities on the premises or causing substantial damage, it can lead to eviction.

Nuisance and disruption

Maintaining a peaceful living environment is essential for both landlords and tenants. Excessive noise, disruptive behavior or engaging in activities that disturb neighbors can be grounds for eviction. Respecting the well-being of fellow residents is a key aspect of lease compliance.

Going out of business

If a landlord intends to leave the rental business, the Ellis Act permits them to evict current tenants from the rental property. However, property owners must still provide proper notice and adhere to the legal eviction process.

Illegal use of the property

Landlords have the right to terminate a lease if tenants are using the property for illegal purposes. Whether it is conducting illicit activities or violating local ordinances, engaging in unlawful behavior can result in eviction.

End of lease term

Sometimes, eviction occurs simply because the lease term has expired. If the landlord decides not to renew the lease or if the tenant chooses to leave at the end of the agreement, it is a lawful reason for termination.

As reported by the Public Policy Institute of California, homeownership rates in the state are the second lowest in the nation at 56%. That means that many Californians rent the homes they live in, which gives property owners lots of opportunities, as well as legal responsibilities.