Eviction or put up with it?
July 1, 2007
Q: I have a rental property in California and a tenant who continues to not pay the rent on time and avoids all my calls to discuss the issue. She does not pay the late fees and has pets. The rental contract states no pets, but there is dog feces in piles close to the pool area. I had an air conditioner technician in the home and he told me the house inside is very dirty and there was also dog feces inside the home. This is only her fifth month in the home. My question is if I am not happy with a tenant can I evict? And how long does it take for this process? My husband is the pool cleaner so he goes into the property only for this reason. Can I ask to have a walk thru the home with a one week notice? The rental contract states I have access to this when the tenant is notified.
A: You need to terminate the tenancy. You can do that with a no-cause, 30-day notice in most parts of California, unless the tenant is on a lease. In that case you have to terminate for cause.
Yes, you can inspect the property with proper notice as you rental agreement states. If she refuses you access, you can terminate for that, as well.