Landlords – before you’re sued for the security deposit:

  • Remember settling the security deposit is part of the rental agreement and treat it seriously and honestly – the court will expect you have.
  • Know your responsibilities. Make sure you have documentation to show your appropriate actions and understand the rules about “normal wear and tear.”
  • Inform the tenants of their responsibilities and their rights. Refer questions to California Tenant.2
  • Don’t cut corners – do it right. If you need help with an unusual situation – get help.
  • Plan for potential outcomes. Calculate your costs, including your time.
    Do things to encourage

Landlords – before you go to UD court:

  • Remember the rental agreement is a business contract and the tenant is your business partner in that contract – treat her/him as such.
  • Know your responsibilities. Don’t cut corners – do it right.
  • Inform the tenants about the process and what an Unlawful Detainer court will and will not decide.
  • Inform the tenants of their responsibilities and their rights. Provide copies of or reference to the California Tenants document.2
  • Plan for potential outcomes. Calculate your costs – know how much you can afford and how long you can wait to re-rent the unit.
  • Do things to encourage good behavior and good outcomes.