How to Write an Eviction Notice in California

How to Write an Eviction Notice in California

Last Updated: August 31, 2022 by Marnie Snyder

In California, in order for an eviction notice to be legal, it must contain certain information about the tenancy and violation committed. If any appropriate details are missing and the case proceeds to court, the case may be postponed or dismissed by a judge.

Step 1: List Tenants’ Full Names

All adult tenants’ names must be included. It is important to make sure each adult household member is named individually if the landlord has to move forward with the eviction process.

Step 2: List Full Address

The full address for the rental premises must be included for legal purposes. This is extremely important so there is no confusion later in the eviction process when the court returns possession of the premises to the landlord.

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Step 3: Include Grounds for Eviction

Include the reason why the tenant is facing eviction.

  • For nonpayment of rent, include the total balance due for the current rental period plus any past delinquencies.
  • For a lease violation, the tenant must have a clear understanding of the infraction and whether or not it can be corrected.
  • For an incurable breach, indicate the specific breach or illegal conduct.

In some cases, even with lease violations or an incurable breach, the tenant may owe a balance due, which shall also be provided in the notice.

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Step 4: Calculate and Include Termination Date

In California, all eviction notices take effect the day after they are served. Weekends and court holidays are not counted in the notice period, so only days that the courthouse is open may be counted. If the last day of the notice period falls on a weekend or court holiday, then the notice will not officially expire until the end of the next judicial day (a day when the courthouse is open).

Step 5: Include Date Notice Served

This date is very important for a couple of reasons. For purposes of counting the proper number of days in the notice period, the date the notice is served is required. In addition, it tells the court when the notice was delivered to the tenants.

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Step 6: Landlord’s Signature, Printed Name and Date

The landlord must sign, date and print their name on the notice to make it effective and legally compliant. Like all legal documents, the notice must be signed or it will not be enforced in court and the landlord will have to begin the eviction process over.

Step 7: Landlord’s Address and Phone Number

The landlord’s contact information gives the tenant a way to reach the landlord or drop off a payment for a balance due. In addition, the contact information provided must be a reliable method of contacting the landlord throughout the duration of the eviction process.

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California Eviction & Lease Termination Notice Forms

Notice Form Grounds
3 Day Notice to Quit Eviction for Unpaid Rent
3 Day Notice to Perform Covenants or Vacate Eviction for Lease Violation
3 Day Notice to Vacate Eviction for Incurable Breach
30 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Tenancy of Less than 1 Year
60 Day Notice to Vacate Ending a Tenancy of More than 1 Year
Notice to Terminate Tenancy for No Fault Just Cause Ending a Tenancy of More than 1 Year (No Fault Just Cause)