In general, the relationship between landlord and tenant is based on mutual trust and courtesy. However, circumstances arise on a regular basis that may require a severing of the landlord/tenant relationship through an eviction. California and other states have laws that dictate how the eviction process can proceed.
For a landlord, California law requires that a tenant is notified in writing. This notice can be delivered directly to the tenant or presented to another adult household member and then mailing a second notice to the tenant. The landlord could also elect to present the notice by fastening it to the front door or another prominent place on the property and mailing a duplicate notice. If the tenant does not comply, the landlord can then proceed through the required steps using the civil court system. Once these steps are completed successfully and the tenant has still not vacated the premises, then the landlord can move to the physical removal procedure.