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Steps in evicting a commercial tenant

On Behalf of | May 3, 2024 | Real Estate Law |

Owning commercial rental properties in California can be a good investment for those who enjoy putting their money into real estate. However, commercial landlords often find that they must evict a tenant for non-payment or another reason. Evicting a commercial tenant can be a stressful process and it must be done the right way to prevent legal issues for the landlord.  

Lease violations 

Commercial tenants are not offered the same protection from eviction as residential tenants. The terms of the lease determine when a landlord can convict a commercial tenant. One of the main reasons for eviction is non-payment of rent. Other reasons could include improper use of the property, subleasing without the landlord’s permission, failing to maintain the property, or altering the property without permission. Using the property in a way that violates the law could also be a reason for eviction. 

Commercial landlords should first notify the tenant in writing of the lease violation. Once the tenant has been informed, they may be given a chance to rectify the issue. If the issue is not resolved in the allotted time, the landlord can then file an eviction lawsuit. The court hearing allows both sides to present evidence before the judge makes a ruling.  

Legal help for landlords 

California landlords must follow the proper legal steps when evicting a commercial tenant. Not doing so could result in a lawsuit from the tenant, which could be costly and time-consuming to deal with in court. By working with an attorney familiar with the state’s real estate laws, one can ensure that the proper steps are followed when evicting a tenant from a commercial property.  

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