Late Rent And Eviction
Karina Arabolaza (Director of Education and Outreach, Housing Rights Center, Los Angeles) gives expert video advice on: Is there a standard eviction process?; Can I be evicted for the actions of my guests? and more...
Can a landlord demand any late rent fee they choose?
Landlords can charge a late rent fee. However, they should check with city or state regulations to see if there is a limit on how much late rent fee they can charge.
Can a landlord lock me out of my apartment if I don't pay my rent?
Landlords are always required to go through the legal eviction process before locking out a tenant.
Can a landlord shut off my utilities if I don't pay my rent?
Landlords cannot legally cut off a tenant's utilities simply because they didn't pay their rent. Landlords should always follow the necessary legal eviction proceedings, rather than simply shutting off utilities.
Can a landlord put my belongings into the street if my rent is late?
Landlords cannot lock out or throw away a tenant's personal belongings simply because they didn't pay their rent. Landlords should follow the necessary legal eviction proceedings, rather than throwing out belongings.
What can a landlord do if my rent is late?
Landlords have a couple of options if a tenant pays their rent late. They can either charge them a late fee or the landlord can evict that tenant for non-payment of rent.
What is an "eviction"?
An eviction is when the landlord asks the tenant to move out, either with a written notice or through a legal proceeding.
Is there a standard eviction process?
Generally landlords should follow a notification process that the tenant has violated their rental agreement and then file for an eviction in court. However, each county in each state might have different procedures. For example in California, if a tenant hasn't paid their rent, the landlord should provide the tenant with a 3 day Notice to Pay or Quit, in which the landlord is giving the tenant the opportunity to correct the violation and pay their rent within a 3 day period. If the tenant doesn't pay their rent within those 3 days, the landlord has the option to go to court and file for what's called "Unlawful Detainer", and that's basically the eviction legal proceedings.
Can I be evicted for being noisy?
If tenants cause a nuisance by being noisy, that is a sufficient reason for landlords to evict that tenant.
Can I be evicted because my dog is noisy?
If tenants cause excessive noise which could create a nuisance, and that includes their dog being excessively noisy, barking too much or barking in the middle of the night; that could be sufficient reason to evict the tenant.
Can I be evicted for the actions of my guests?
Tenants are responsible for the actions and behavior of their guest. So if their guest destroys property, causes a nuisance, disturbs other tenants, or poses a threat, tenants can be evicted because of the guest.