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If a landlord wants to terminate or end a month to month tenancy they can serve a
written 30-day or 60-day notice on the tenant. Generally, these notices don’t have
to state the landlord’s reason for ending the tenancy.
If you receive a 30 or 60 day notice that has been properly served you, you should either
move out or try to make arrangements with the landlord to stay.
If you want to continue to occupy the rental unit, ask the landlord what you need to do to
make that possible.
While a landlord is not required to state a reason for the notice, most landlords do have a
reason for terminating a tenancy.
If the landlord agrees that you can continue to occupy the rental, it is important that
your agreement with the landlord be in writing.
If the landlord does not agree to your stating, you will have to move out. You should
do so by the end of the 30th or 60th day. Take all of your personal belongings with
you, and leave the property at least as clean as when you rented it. This will help with
the refund of your security deposit.
If you have not moved out at the end of the 30th or 60th day you will be unlawfully
occupying the rental and the landlord can file an unlawful detainer lawsuit, this is
typically called an eviction.
If you believe that the landlord has acted unlawfully in giving you a 30 or 60 day
notice, or that you have a valid defense to an unlawful detainer lawsuit, you should
carefully weigh the pros and cons of contesting the landlords’ likely eviction lawsuit
against you if you do no move out.
As part of your decision making process, you may want to consult with a lawyer or
legal aide. Please refer to the attached documents to better understand this process.