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.