Evictions in Los Angeles, as in most other cities, can be a complex and difficult process. If you are a landlord or tenant in Los Angeles, it’s important to understand the eviction process to protect your rights and avoid legal complications. Here’s an overview of the eviction process in Los Angeles:
Notice to pay or quit:
If a tenant has not paid their rent on time, the landlord can serve them with a notice to pay or quit. This notice gives the tenant a set amount of time to pay the rent or move out of the property.
Unlawful detainer lawsuit:
If the tenant does not pay or move out after receiving a notice to pay or quit, the landlord can file an unlawful detainer lawsuit with the court. The tenant will receive a copy of the lawsuit and have the opportunity to respond.
A hearing will be scheduled where both the landlord and tenant can present their case. If the judge rules in favor of the landlord, a writ of possession will be issued, which allows the landlord to evict the tenant.
The sheriff’s office will serve the tenant with a notice of eviction, giving them a set amount of time to move out. If the tenant does not move out by the deadline, the sheriff’s office will physically remove them from the property.
It’s important to note that the eviction process in Los Angeles can take several weeks or months to complete. It’s also important for both landlords and tenants to understand their rights and obligations under the law. For example, landlords must follow proper procedures when serving notices and filing lawsuits, and tenants have the right to defend themselves in court.
In addition, there are certain protections in place for tenants in Los Angeles. For example, a landlord cannot evict a tenant without a legal reason, and there are restrictions on how much a landlord can increase rent in certain situations.
If you are a landlord or tenant facing eviction in Los Angeles, it’s important to work with an experienced real estate attorney who can guide you through the process and protect your interests. With the right guidance, an eviction can be resolved quickly and fairly, without unnecessary legal complications.
Although Fair Trade Real Estate does not directly handle any property management situations, we are always looking for ways to help! Visit the links below for more information on landlord and tenant rights and obligations under Los Angeles County Law:
Tenants – Understand your legal rights and find legal assistance
Landlords – Recover possession of the rental unit and receive eviction assistance