California Lease Termination for No Fault Just Cause

Last Updated: April 4, 2024 by Roberto Valenzuela

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 for No Fault Just Cause through any of the following methods:

  1. Hand delivery to the tenant
  2. If the tenant is absent from the residence and the tenant’s usual place of business: Hand delivery to a person of suitable age at either the residence or usual place of business, PLUS delivery by mail to the tenant’s residence
  3. If all forms of hand delivery fail: Posting the notice to a conspicuous place on the property, PLUS delivery by mail to the property, addressed to the tenant, PLUS (if possible) handing the notice to a person residing on the property

California considers service by mail to take place five (5) calendar days after mailing.

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.