California Three (3) Day Notice to Quit | Non-Payment of Rent

The California three (3) notice to pay or quit, in accordance with Statute 1161, is served by a landlord to a tenant that has not paid his or her rent in a timely manner. The tenant has the option to either pay the past-due rent, or “quit” (vacate the rental property). After the three-day period has lapsed and the tenant has failed to move out or pay the rent, the landlord has the legal right to begin an unlawful detainer (aka eviction lawsuit).

How to Write

Step 1 – Download in Adobe PDF or Microsoft Word (.doc).

Step 2 – At the top of the form, enter the tenant’s full name as it appears on the rental/lease agreement. Provide the street address of the rental unit, as well as the city and county where it is located.

Step 3 – Enter the amount of past-due rent, and the period of time that it is due from.

Step 4 – Under the “RENT IS TO BE PAID TO:” section, enter the name of the landlord/agent. Provide their physical address as well as phone number.

Step 5 – Select which type of payment method will be employed (in-person, by mail, bank deposit, electronic funds transfer), along with accompanying payment information. Enter the date, and obtain the signature of the rental property’s owner/manager.

Step 6 – In the “Proof of Service” section, enter your name (landlord) and the date that you served the notice. Select the type of delivery method that was used (personal delivery, left at rental property/tenant’s place of business with a “suitable person,” or posted at the rental property in an easy to see location and mailed a copy to the tenant).

Step 7 – Enter the date and then sign your name to complete the “Proof of Service” section.