A 3 day notice to perform covenant or quit in California is the topic of this blog post. This notice is also known as a 3 day notice to perform or quit, and a 3 day notice to cure or quit.
A landlord in California who alleges that a tenant is violating a material lease term can begin the eviction process by serving the tenant with an alternate form of 3 day notice known as a 3 day notice to perform covenant or quit.
Landlords use this kind of notice if the tenant is violating terms in the lease or rental agreement and the problem can be fixed. For example, if the tenant has moved in a pet without permission, or is not keeping the unit clean, or is violating some other term of the agreement, the notice must ask the tenant to correct the violation within 3 days or move out.
There are requirements for a 3 day notice to perform covenant or quit. The notice must be in writing; must state the full name of the tenant or tenants; must have the address of the rental property; must state what the tenant did to violate the lease or rental agreement, and contain a very particular statement as to the specific provision in the lease or rental agreement that has been violated; must state that the tenant has the chance to fix the problem or move out in 3 days; and must be signed by the landlord or his or her agent and state the date of the notice.
Any California tenant served with a 3-day notice to perform covenant or quit should carefully review the notice to determine if the notice meets the requirements discussed in this blog post.
The law in California is clear that if the breach alleged is nonperformance of conditions or covenants, the plaintiff must allege in the complaint the particular conditions or covenants, neglect or failure to perform, service of a 3-day notice requiring performance or possession, failure to perform within 3 days, and continued possession. See Code of Civil Procedure Section 1161[c](3), see also McCarty v. Raso (1951) 102 Cal.App. 2d 909, 910.
And a trivial breach of a condition or covenant will not support a termination, the tenant may raise substantial performance as an equitable defense to a UD action. See Hignell v Gebala (1949) 90 Cal App. 2d 61, 65–66.
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The author of this blog post, Stan Burman, is a freelance paralegal who has worked in California and Federal litigation since 1995.
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