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Eden Lim, Real Estate Pro in La Habra, CA

Eviction Process in LA!

Asked by Eden Lim, La Habra, CA Mon Oct 8, 2012

The garage was converted to two room without a permit in city of Los Angeles, and each room is rented for $200 to help pay the mortgage. None of the tenant is paying the rent now, and I want to evict them. I was told by an eviction person that in city of LA, I have to pay each tenant $6000 and they will leave in 15 days. Is that true?

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0 votes Thank Flag Link Thu Nov 22, 2012
No, its not true. But the eviction process is just that, a process. Familiarize yourself with it and follow it or hire an attorney.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 8, 2012
Please be careful how you proceed. The tenants can still collect relocation fee for non permitted units as well as without ever paying any rent. You are also at risk of of tenants reporting you to LAHD. Please contact a real estate attorney asap for assistance.

Good luck!
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 8, 2012
I would recommend you to leave it to an expert. Call or email Dennis P. Block for example at

Good luck.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 8, 2012
The easiest way to evict someone is for non-payment of rent. Send them a 3-Day Notice to Pay or Move-Out. If you need to relocate the tenant for reasons listed under the L.A.Rent Stabilization Ordinance (rent control), then you would have to pay them. However, this is not your situation. Also, if this is a single family dwelling, it does not fall under rent control.

If your tenants pay, you may still have a problem if the rooms are illegal and not habitable, meaning no heat, electricity, windows, etc. Do not accept payment after the third day.

I manage properties in Los Angeles.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 8, 2012
I hear from an attorney that is easy to evict people who are in converted garages because they are no consider legal and therefore the law doesn't apply in the same way but I am not an attorney so I better share a link to one that I know is good at evictions…
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 8, 2012
Here is a link of the eviction process of California. I never heard about the $6,000 rule from an "eviction person" I didn't know these people exist.

What I would do is contact some local property management companies who maybe able to help you then able to find some qualified tenants.
0 votes Thank Flag Link Mon Oct 8, 2012
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