Lease Agreement 101 – Evictions
Tenants are often fearful to hear the word of “lease termination” or “eviction’. Yet a landlord can indeed terminate the lease agreement if tenant materially breaches the lease terms.
Tenants should pay extra attention to the lease terms, timeline on written notice to vacate the units, as well as the consequences if they are not able to vacate at the agreed time.
Termination and Eviction
Normally speaking, a thirty (30) day’s written notice is required before you vacate the unit. If your lease is on a month-to-month basis, you may terminate your tenancy by giving landlord a thirty (30) day’s written notice.
If you are the tenant and you vacate the unit without giving a full 30-day notice, you may still be liable for payment up to thirty (30) day’s worth of rent starting on the day you gave written notice to the landlord. Additionally, landlord may terminate the lease or evict you if you fail to move out on the date that you notify landlord you intend to vacate.
The landlord may also proceed eviction if you materially breach the lease terms include but not limited to the following:
- Non-payment of Rent;
- Number of late rent payments within any twelve months under the lease;
- Failures to comply with lease and/or house rules;
- Conduct that affects the health, safety, and quiet enjoyment of any tenants or visitors to the property;
- Household member(s) who engaged in illegal activities;
Pursuant to Section 290.46 of the California Penal Code, information about specified registered sex offenders is made available to the public via a web site maintained by the State of California Department of Justice at www.meganslaw.ca.gov. Since landlord cannot discriminate against registered sex offenders, landlord may not notify tenants if any registered sex offenders are living at the building. Thus, the existence of registered sex offenders at the property is not a valid reason for lease termination.
Proposition 65 Warning
This law requires landlord to publish a list of chemicals tenants known to cause cancer, birth defect, and other reproductive harm. For more information, tenants should go to http://p65warnings.ca.gov.
Information About Pest or Bed Bugs
Landlord may provide general information about bed bug signs and symptoms, life cycle and reproduction, survival, and the importance of cooperation and responsibilities between landlord and tenant for preventative measures and necessary treatment.
For instance, landlord may contract a certified pest control professional to conduct periodic pest control inspection for both common areas and individual units. At the lease signing, landlord shall supply a copy of the legally required notice provided by the registered pest control company.
In return, tenant agrees to cooperate with all pest control efforts at the property. Tenant is also responsible for maintaining his or her unit in a clean and uncluttered condition and reporting any evidence of infestation in the unit in a timely manner.
If tenant violates the pest policy, it’s considered a material breach of the lease since pest poses risk to heathy and safety to other tenants at the building.
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