California Lease Termination for No Fault Just Cause

Last Updated: January 16, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

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California Lease Termination for No Fault Just Cause is a letter that complies with state legal requirements for a landlord to end a tenancy of one (1) year or more. Examples of no-fault just cause include a substantial remodeling, or taking the property off the rental market to use as a family residence.

When to Use a California Lease Termination for No Fault Just Cause

A California Lease Termination for No Fault Just Cause terminates a tenancy of one (1) year or more, in accordance with the Tenant Protection Act of 2019 (also known as AB 1482). The tenant must have at least sixty (60) calendar days of notice after receiving notice. These are all of the reasons for no-fault just cause termination in California:

  • Withdrawing the rental property from the housing market
  • The landlord or landlord’s immediate family plan to occupy the rental premises
  • A substantial remodel is planned that will take more than thirty (30) days to complete
  • The premises will be demolished or have demolition work done
  • The landlord must stop renting the premises in order to comply with a local ordinance or other court or government order

In Los Angeles, the tenant receives the first right of return. This means if the landlord rents the premises again, before advertising the premises to anyone else, the tenant must receive an opportunity to move back in.

This notice type applies only to no-fault terminations. At-fault just cause requires an eviction notice. Some other types of California lease termination notice may also allow different reasons for termination, or different notice periods.

How To Write a California Lease Termination for No Fault Just Cause

To help ensure the legal compliance of a lease termination notice:

  1. Use the full name of the receiving parties, and address of record, if known
  2. Specify the basis upon which the tenancy will terminate
  3. Specify the termination date of the lease or tenancy
  4. Fill in the full address of the rental premises
  5. Provide updated/current address and phone number information
  6. Print name and sign the notice
  7. Complete the certificate of service by indicating the date and method of notice delivery, along with printed name and signature

It is easy to lose an otherwise justified legal action because of improper notice. Check carefully to ensure enough time after notice is delivered, not when it’s sent.

How To Serve a California Lease Termination for No Fault Just Cause

California landlords may deliver a lease termination notice using any of these methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the other party at their residence or usual place of business
  2. Only if direct hand delivery fails: Hand delivery to a person of suitable age on the property who can accept the notice on behalf of the other party, PLUS delivery by regular mail
  3. Only if both direct AND indirect hand delivery fail: Posting at a conspicuous place on the premises, such as the entry door, PLUS delivery by regular mail, PLUS (if possible) handing a copy of the notice to a person who resides at the property

To account for variable delivery times, mailed notice extends the notice period by five (5) calendar days.

In almost all cases, notice is legally served when it is received by the other party, NOT when it’s sent. Check specified date of termination carefully to ensure compliance with the legal requirements for a notice period.