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3 Day California Notice to Quit: What you need to know

If you are a tenant in California, you may be familiar with the term “3-day notice to quit”, a legal document which informs about the lease termination. It is important for both parties to understand the legal implications of this document, and below we share everything it implies.

What is a 3-Day Notice to Quit?

As mentioned above, it is a document that is served to a tenant by their landlord. It states that the tenant has three days to vacate the premises or face eviction and must include certain information: the name and address of the tenant, the date of the notice, the reason for the notice, and the amount of time the tenant has to vacate the premises. It must also include a statement informing the tenant of the right to contest the eviction in court. The notice must also be signed and dated by the landlord or property manager.

The tenant must be given three full days to vacate the rental property, excluding weekends and legal holidays. If the tenant does not vacate the rental property within three days, the landlord can proceed with an eviction lawsuit.

When can a landlord serve it?

A landlord can serve this if the tenant has failed to meet their obligations under the lease or rental agreement. These can include not paying rent on time, violating the terms of the lease, or creating a nuisance. In addition, a landlord may issue a this kind of notice if the tenant has stayed beyond the end of their lease.

What should I do if I receive a it?

If you receive this type of notice, it’s important to take action as soon as possible. You should first contact your landlord to see if you can work out an agreement to avoid eviction. If this is not possible, you must vacate the premises within three days or face eviction. You may also be able to challenge the document in court. In some cases, the notice may not be valid if it was not served correctly or if the landlord did not provide proper notice before issuing the notice.


Receiving a 3-day notice to quit can be a stressful experience for tenants. It is important to take action immediately if you receive one and to be aware of your rights. Keep in mind that this legal document is only applicable in California and that other states may have different laws and regulations.

If you are unable to work out an agreement with your landlord and need legal assistance, our Stop Eviction Consultants are here to provide you with all the support you need.

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